Why you can't trust App Store data in China

Why you can't trust App Store data in China
According to a report out of China, a number of Chinese firms are manipulating the App Store statistics in return for money. One picture found on a Chinese social media site shows an employee sitting in front of a unknown number of Apple iPhone 5c units connected to the internet. Her job is to sit in front of this bank of iPhones and continuously download, install and uninstall apps over and over again in order to manipulate the data.

Apparently, these Chinese companies get a pretty big sum of money from developers to push their apps into the App Store Top Ten. How much does this service cost? According to another photo found on a Chinese social media site showing one company's pricing list, getting your app into the App Store Top Ten requires an initial payment of $11,000. To keep your app in the Top Ten requires a tidy sum of $65,000 a week. These companies could be taking in a ton of money. If you look at the picture, you can see another bank of iPhones used in this operation..

As we said, there are a few companies in China who will perform this service for you. Which means that, at least in China, you can't believe the stats you see in the App Store.

source: TechinAsia via RedmondPie



1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Cause they're made in China? We all know that Chinese government have all the companies tied down.

2. Masterpickachu

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 07, 2015

I would get bored doing that job so easily ...now if that iPhone was a Nexus.

4. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

Or if it was an LG G3 cat.6! the phone I can't buy :-(

6. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

We still got to give respect to her. We all know how painstaking downloading apps in iPhones are. Syncing with iTunes then reinstall/uninstall multiplied by 60 or more gadgets? Now that's something.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Wait, please explain, why would you need to sync with iTunes to download an app and uninstall it? But also, syncing with iTunes is done automatically... How do you install apps and uninstall each one on Android, or Windows? We just tap on "Install" and hit the "X" on a shaking app to get rid of it.. remind me how to get rid of an app on Android?

12. Cicero

Posts: 1159; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Bored and a cold. See how is she dressed? C'mon boys turn on the heater!

3. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011


5. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Great, now I'm going to have trust issues on American Idol and Billboard Top 100 ranking system. Everything is business in China.

7. Chuck007

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Good, at least they are open about it. Acknowledgement is the first step of constructive change.

8. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

at least they do it "legally". They did not hack into the Chinese Apple servers. They just do it the hard way. I don't see any problem with that (except of course they charge uber expensive amount for this service).

11. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, the problem with it is, it makes people think this app must be one of the best because users are downloading it like crazy. It's dishonest.

13. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

It's not about dishonesty. They'd do the same with PlayStore if it were lucrative, but unfortunately (or fortunately), it isn't. We all know why.

9. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Like I say back them I wish apple did go to China so these Chinese hacker can prove how fake ios security is

14. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Cant apple just ban suspicious ip adresses after downloading and uploading the same app a number of times?

15. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

At least now we know why the sales numbers are that high in China ;-)

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