Apple Begins Showing More Ads in the App Store
Starting today, developers can now advertise their apps in the App Store’s main Today tab and in a “You Might Also Like” section at the bottom of individual app listings in all countries except China. Ads are already beginning to appear in these places, and as usual, the ads have a blue background and an “Ad” icon so they can be identified.
And with the “You Might Also Like” section, developers are now able to promote their apps at the bottom of other apps’ pages. In a tweet, legal expert Florian Mueller argued the “You Might Also Like” ads are “another means of increasing the effective app tax rate, forcing developers to buy ads on their own app pages in order to avoid that others steer customers away from there.”
Look, I think what Apple is doing here is total bullshit. We pay a lot of money to use Apple products. Why should we have to see ads so they can make more money? The ads in Apple News are so obnoxious that I refuse to use the app. And what about the fucking ads I see every time I search for something in the App Store.
And Apple allowing ads in “You Might Also Like” at the bottom of another app's page is just flat-out wrong.
In the end, I guess we don’t have a choice, but it sure pisses me off!