Phillip Shoemaker, the director of Apple’s App Store, has a number of applications available for sale on the iPhone, including a urination simulator called "iWiz," and a flatulence-themed program dubbed "Animal Farts." Wow.  So the guy in charge of the App Store is also the guy whose company has produced such App Store gems as […]
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So the Guy in Charge of the App Store Is Also a Crap Apps Developer

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Phillip Shoemaker, the director of Apple’s App Store, has a number of applications available for sale on the iPhone, including a urination simulator called "iWiz," and a flatulence-themed program dubbed "Animal Farts."

Wow.  So the guy in charge of the App Store is also the guy whose company has produced such App Store gems as the Animal Farts app and the iWiz app.  A guy who is behind an app whose description reads as follows is the same guy who runs the App Store, which has rejected many apps for having ‘minimum functionality ‘:

A welcome relief: Farts from the animal kingdom!

An easy to use application, targeted for anyone interested in hearing and feeling the natural sounds of animal gas. The first fart app in the store that helps us understand farts from an animal point of view.

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Here ‘s a little more on Shoemaker, from Apple Insider ‘s recent report on this:

As first revealed Wednesday by Wired, Shoemaker is responsible for the company GrayNoodle, which sells seven applications on the App Store. Shoemaker ran GrayNoodle before he took over as director of application technology at Apple in March 2009, but three of the applications — "iWiz," "Medical Poetry" and "101 Cocktails" went on sale after he began work at the Cupertino, Calif., company.

The "iWiz" application from GrayNoodle sells for $0.99 on the App Store. Its description reads, "Simulate the experience of urinating for a long time. Convince your friends that you’ll never stop. iWiz allows you simulate urination: faster, slower, or just a trickle." Released on April 17, 2009, it has no user reviews.

"Animal Farts" was released on the App Store on Jan. 19, 2009, before Shoemaker began work at Apple. It has 38 reviews, and 21 of them are one star. Users can press buttons on the screen to make animals, such as a panda bear, "fart," "poot," "drop" and "wiz." Both it and "iWiz" are rated for ages 4 and up.

Both iWiz and Animal Farts remain in the App Store right now.  Presumably because assisting users with enjoying farts from the animal kingdom and simulating taking a piss are deemed to be solid bits of functionality that are fit for the store.

Shoemaker may well be brilliant at his job with Apple “ but it is more than a bit ridiculous to see that the leader of Apple ‘s flagship mobile apps store is responsible for at least two apps that are perfect examples of the ‘crap apps ‘ that many users see as a huge drawback in the App Store.

You also have to wonder whether his apps would “ or should “ survive if Apple ever does a cull of all ‘minimum functionality ‘ apps (as they did recently with apps tagged as overtly sexual).

Again, Shoemaker may be the perfect man for his job, but for me this feels a little like walking in a five-star gourmet restaurant and finding out that the head chef dines at McDonalds every day.

What do you all think?  Happy to see a crap apps developer in charge of the App Store?

Source: Wired via Apple Insider

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