Reviews in the iTunes App Store
With the new 2.2 OS, app ratings came - thus making it much easier to rate an app poorly without actiually evaluating it. I've noticed in the app store that some app tayings are very low, but if you look at the written reviews, they seem to be accompanied by high star ranks.
In other words, I think that Apple has basically screwed up the whole rating system. It is now incredibly easy to make an app seem incredibly poor, in which it may not be.
I think theis makes it even more imporatnt that people actually seek out reviews on the internet before they purchase an app, rather than passing up a "poorly rated" app... Like looking at reviews by myself, cjvitek or others in these forums (or even else where.)
I suppose this means that I am goinng to have start looking more closely at poorly rated apps...
- 12-11-2008, 07:13 AM #2
- 12-11-2008, 08:30 AM #4
From your post, it seems like you are implying that people, when they remove an app and rate it, are automatically rating it very low.
If that is correct, why? Why do you think people are rating app lower when they remove them from their phone.
Isn't it possible the people who normally would not rate an app (the time and trouble of going to iTunes to rate it) but don't like the app now have an easier way to express their views?
It seems to me that the people who rate apps with a written review on iTunes are either the ones that LOVE an app, or HATE it. If someone is just "eh" about it, they aren't going to take the time out to review it.
On the other hand, if they can easily put in a star rating when removing an app, their opinion might be tallied.
My guess is that most apps will start to drift towards the center, and the middle range votes are cast. It will probably effect the higher rated apps more, since they are more likey to be downloaded.
Just my guess.
- 12-12-2008, 10:29 AM #6
- 12-12-2008, 03:52 PM #7
As far as screwing the review system, if anything I think it would normalize the rating system. You have a ton of crappy apps out there that have very high ratings. I would think that this would add better and more reviews due to the easy of rating. Not everyone has the time or patience to write a review for every app they have.
PS...Thanks to all of our forum reviewers and the time they dedicate! I read everyone that is posted!