Today I find myself changing my mind, but for a reason I didn't think of at the time. My original argument came mostly from the belief that people are going to follow the money. And since the Itunes store is going to be the best show in town, people will follow Steve wherever he wants us to go. That is what is known as being financially engaged, and that is only 1/2 the equation. The other half and prone to wild swings of the imagination is emotional engagement.
What I realized, while I wait for my next "free" app to come out of "In review", is that there really isn't a Gatekeeper at the App Store. There is just a gate, and outside that gate is a crowd of nameless, faceless developers wondering what it is like on the Inside. Occasionally the gate opens and hand comes out and grabs an App out of one of these developers hands and takes it inside. You see, even if our Apps make it into the store, we still don't get to know what is going on "Inside", we are not really invited to the party , we are not Steve's guests, we are the entertainment.
And so, since
- There is no Gatekeeper to talk to
- There are no guests coming out and telling us what it is like on the "Inside"
- There is only a black hole for my emails regarding the persistent "In Review" status
So , Steve, my simple advice to you.
- Hire some people to at least respond to emails regarding the review process
- Create some more states for apps "In Review" like "pending" or "might suck" or "cool"
- Create the "Reject Store" where all the rejected or pending apps can at least find an audience