Apple takes down a site that helped fans find its products

Apple takes down a site that helped fans find its products
Regardless of which side you subscribe to in the never ending OS quibbling, it's undeniable that Apple and its products drive demand like no other. That's both a curse and a blessing, for both Apple and its fans, as stock of whatever newly released product the Cupertino-based company has is depleted in a spectacular manner. Usually within days.

It's no surprise therefore, that sites like Apple-Tracker.com have sprouted up, with the simple (in its intent, not execution) aim of pointing fans in the direction of a stocked up retail location. You could choose the particular model of the iPhone or iPad that you're on the hunt for, and even look for a carrier-specific version. But, no more. That's because Apple has issued a DMCA takedown notice, as according to a company representative, the site “scrapes and collects data from apple.com in violation of the apple.com Internet Service Terms of Use”. As you can see below, the owner of the site, who goes simply by the alias of Mordy, appears unwilling to clash swords with the legal minds over at Apple and has decided to take the site down.

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

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47 Comments

1. Sauce unregistered

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: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Fanboy war-inciting articles bring more clicks than most articles which actually provide useful information.

20. Sauce unregistered

Sadly :,(

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 86; Member since: May 03, 2013

like google take down window phone youtube apps?

33. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

YouTube belong to Google while Apple-Tracker was not Apple's website. P.S. I also feel sorry to Windows Phone users that they must feel discomfort because Google and Microsoft is fighting.

29. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

that's a point right there

40. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Nothing new, just another example of dictatorship obsession.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

You only "hear" that because that's what you choose to hear.

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And this is your "argument" ? Poor.

30. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Yes, that's why it's the most valuable brand brosephine

45. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 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: Nov 07, 2013

You don't really get the stock market do you?

43. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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?

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And it's pitiful.

34. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Also pathetic.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Agreed. There was no need to post this as it will only send in the trolls to start a flame war.

7. Sauce unregistered

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: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Looks like it did, after all you're here now!

41. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

You mean like you do every time PA posts anything about android?

4. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

One of the many reasons Google is a better company than Apple. Here is the playstore availability tracker, for anyone interested. http://www.n4checker.com/

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh yeah because google doesn't take down sites and dominate the search field.

11. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

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