Marco Arment just posted an interesting look at how various apps are rated on the App Store – but not by customers. His post focuses on how Apple’s App Store reviewers deem that certain apps be given the dreaded age rating of 17+, and how others simply scrape by with a 4+ (three-year olds need […]
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Marco Arment On Inconsistent App Store Ratings

Marco Arment just posted an interesting look at how various apps are rated on the App Store – but not by customers. His post focuses on how Apple’s App Store reviewers deem that certain apps be given the dreaded age rating of 17+, and how others simply scrape by with a 4+ (three-year olds need not apply). He also goes on to show how little sense the current situation makes.

It has always seemed silly to me how certain third party browsers (like Atomic) are labelled as featuring possible “mature content”, when the free Google Search app can show exactly the same thing. I tend to think that most North American rating systems are ridiculous, but I hadn’t realized (before reading Marco’s post) what the higher 17+ ratings can mean for app sales.

[via @Marco_org]

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