Apple takes down a site that helped fans find its products
Apple itself has its very own version, which is most probably why it resorted to measures such as this. After all, it does have a long history of keeping an iron grip on all things Apple, and it isn't too hard to see why it's own alternative may be more beneficial to all.
source: Apple-tracker via TheVerge
1. Sauce (Posts: 732; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
Any company would do such a thing if they feel something violates their ToS. I don't see why this is newsworthy. Just an attention call to spark haters and flame wars.
14. Finalflash (Posts: 875; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
But the excuse they provided is vague as hell. Likely, as the article suggested, Apple wants people to visit their site instead. They have said they want more direct sales through their website and Apple store so this doesn't come as a surprise.
18. dsDoan (Posts: 208; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Fanboy war-inciting articles bring more clicks than most articles which actually provide useful information.
21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
This information also can be useful, since consumers can see the face of one or another company and make certain conclusions about it.
But I also think that one of the reasons why such article is here, is to generate more traffic. :)
27. robinlim85 (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2013)
like google take down window phone youtube apps?
33. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
YouTube belong to Google while Apple-Tracker was not Apple's website.
I also feel sorry to Windows Phone users that they must feel discomfort because Google and Microsoft is fighting.
40. 14545 (Posts: 975; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Since when would "any company" do such a thing? Maybe it is a vague wording, but any respectable company would eat up the free publicity. Not to mention, THE WEBSITE WAS DIRECTING PEOPLE TO BUY APPLES PRODUCT. So your comment doesn't even make sense.
2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Nothing new, just another example of dictatorship obsession.
5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2741; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
How's that dictatorship? They're mining data from apple without their consent and there's no telling how accurate the results are. Customer may not realize that and will basically just create customer service problems for apple.
So maybe you need to stop thinking like an anti apple fan and think more like a business in apples shoes.
10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"...think more like a business in apples shoes."
Why should I? Does Apple pays me money for that or what? I look what is good for me (consumer) not what is good for an company.
13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Why dictatorship? Because everyday I hear the same type news from Apple:
Apple banned this...
Apple banned that...
Apple seeks to ban this...
Apple seeks to ban that...
Apple sues this...
Apple sues that...
Apple wants to restrict this...
Apple wants to restrict that...
Limit, ban, restrict and so on...
16. promise7 (Posts: 203; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
You only "hear" that because that's what you choose to hear.
17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
And this is your "argument" ? Poor.
30. androiphone20 (Posts: 943; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Yes, that's why it's the most valuable brand brosephine
45. Jommick (Posts: 90; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
Stock price: GOOG (NASDAQ)$1,022.75
Stock price: AAPL (NASDAQ)$520.92
I hate to say it, but today's numbers don't agree with you.
48. dswan3199 (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)
You don't really get the stock market do you?
43. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
dictatorship yes... but consumers have free choice to chose it so what is the problem?
I am quite happy with my iphone––everything I want works exactly the way I like it... if the "restrictions" cause me and other iphone users to be happy with their phones, what is your problem with it?
44. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"dictatorship yes... but consumers have free choice to chose it so what is the problem?"
Did I have said that they can't choice?
3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2741; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Agreed. There was no need to post this as it will only send in the trolls to start a flame war.
7. Sauce (Posts: 732; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
Now that I think of it, any article related to Apple pretty much brings in the shëëëpish haters. Such an ironic cult of followers.
9. techguyone (Posts: 91; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Looks like it did, after all you're here now!
41. 14545 (Posts: 975; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
You mean like you do every time PA posts anything about android?
4. NexusPhan (Posts: 318; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
One of the many reasons Google is a better company than Apple. Here is the playstore availability tracker, for anyone interested.
6. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2741; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Oh yeah because google doesn't take down sites and dominate the search field.
11. NexusPhan (Posts: 318; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Google only takes down sites when some other company or government with legal authority requires it. They dominate the search field because they are the best search engine available.
15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Google only takes down sites when some other company or government with legal authority requires it."
Google can't close site which doesn't belong for Google.
8. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 301; Member since: 24 May 2011)
oh apple.....(-_- ).. ( -_-).. (-_- ).. ( -_-)
12. iGeek (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
They took down my iOS 7 page and they refused to give it back its has 300 k likes ! Since that time I hated Apple
19. deejay52420 (Posts: 21; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I got a gold iphone from the store using the website the employee was asking a lot of questionslike how did I know it was in stock and stuff then started writing down the site...lil b***h! I wonder do she have something to do with it
35. quakan (Posts: 1064; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
It was all over the internet. It wasn't a secret.
22. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Google can blacklist a website if they find that it may have malware for small business/big business websites. Which I think is good to protect the users.http://finance.yahoo.com/news/
23. ilia1986 (unregistered)
lol apple is making it way too easy for the world to hate it..
24. GoGoGalaxyNexus (Posts: 29; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)
That is the way the devil pays his worshipers
26. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
Interesting how they would shut down a website with the intent and purpose to help consumers track down and purchase it's products.
42. 14545 (Posts: 975; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
That's my thoughts. It seems like anything that drives people to your product, and doesn't cost you a dime, would be a good thing.
46. Jommick (Posts: 90; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
They're more concerned about generating their revenue in-house, because it means better profits for them, as well as additional sales from accessories.
Plus, they "know their products better" - it's the same reason your carrier will probably end up telling you to have your service set up in their store. It just means more money for them.
50. 14545 (Posts: 975; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
They weren't a resaler though. They were directing people to apples stores that had stock. So it was a win for apple. That's my thing.
28. b1acktiger (Posts: 185; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Sad to see news like this. Even after the late comer in mobile phone industry, apple's money and muscle power making trouble for others.
31. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Apple's customer service is unmatched so having third parties ruin their flawless customer experience, Apple has every right to do so...
32. darkkjedii (Posts: 8896; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Smart move apple, run your own business. +1
47. Sauce (Posts: 732; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
A lot of these fan boy haters seem to know how to run such a business like Apple now a days. It's hilarious xD
49. darkkjedii (Posts: 8896; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Exactly, yet the don't have a rising Stock price, nor do they have 426+ billion in the bank yet they know how to be an armchair chief executive officer +1