‘Topping the Charts and Racing to the Bottom’

John August wants Apple to eliminate the “top charts” from the App Store:

These lists — a sidebar in iTunes, a tab on the App Store — show what’s downloaded the most. But let’s not mistake downloads for popularity. These are apps that people may have downloaded, used once, then deleted. What you really want is a list that shows what apps that people like you are using and enjoying. That’s the kind of information that companies like Amazon and Netflix are terrific at leveraging.

Thursday, 6 June 2013