Apple Is Removing My Apps

Apple Is Removing My Apps

November 8, 2019 14 By Peter Engel


Hi! This is A Minute Of Overpass. My name is Eric and I make apps. Now this week I want to tell you why Apple is pulling
one of my apps! Okay, so it’s been quite a week. Now if
you’ve been following me on Snapchat you probably know about this already,
but a lot of you aren’t so I’m going to kind of tell you what’s
happened in the past week in terms of one of my big apps. Now the issue is that iTunes is
pulling my biggest paid app which is called Ear Record which is actually Ear Spy Pro. It’s not called Ear Spy Pro because when I tried to
release it as Ear Spy Pro 3 years ago, they won’t allow that name. They said you
can’t use the word spy even though Ear Spy the free version was
released and they approved it. So you know, yeah you know if you’re an app developer
and you release for iPhone you know that there’s a lot of inconsistencies like
this. However, last week I got this email from…on Friday night like at midnight, you know it’s just about going up to
bed and I got this email from iTunes Connect saying “Your app Ear Record does not comply with the app
review guidelines”. Now I haven’t released a new version of this in like years, right? So I went through and you know
click on the link here and went to the resolution center and read what it
says, and it just says you know we’re telling you that your app Ear Record
version 1.3 which is currently on the app store, that they are going to go ahead and
remove it because of a policy violation and I think it might be something new
where they just you know out of the blue they just re-evaluated
it and basically they say the app concept is no longer
appropriate for the app store, more specifically they say it’s
marketed as being a stealth app and because of that it kind
of violates the policies of iTunes so and that’s true it is marketed that way.
It’s really a harmless app. The only thing that it has over Ear Spy, the free version allows the ability to record because that
was the easiest way I could think of to add something of value, to have a paid
version and it does pretty well. So if I show you like how it’s done over
like the past month, it’s 483 pounds it’s made in the last
month. This is the App Annie revenue thing, so it
is always nice to go through and see this. If I look at how much it’s made all time
here, it’s actually done pretty well. It’s
made… it gave us a cost about… it costs less than 1,500 pounds to make. It’s made me 13,000 pounds over the last 3 years. So it’s done really well. I probably not going to go ahead
and appeal this because I have appealed this before and it’s a mixed
bag as to whether or not they’ll let you go through it. A lot of times I’ve tried to appeal things and they just sort of, you know, they just
stick with their party line or whatever. And the reality of
the situation is that, it’s not really like a free market. You’re going through the iTunes store and you have to abide by iTunes rules and regulations. So I could go ahead and
remarket this thing and reskin it and make it into a less of a spy type thing
or less of a stealth type thing, but when they say this concept is no longer
appropriate for the app store, yeah I kind of think, well I can understand that. I was in the grey area anyway to begin with, so this is
one of the reasons why I’m not jumping up and down and complaining and I’m
thinking well you know okay that’s fine. There’s not much I can say. I mean this is the kind of thing where probably your apps will be so bad, I
mean because this is really towards the grey line. You know I
like to try to push the envelope a little bit. I think the reason it does so well is because it
has this kind of sex appeal, and you know because people think, they put it
on and I’m a spy and all this kind of stuff. So it’s done really
well but the point of this week’s Minute Of Overpass. And oh also if I show you here on iTunes
Connect that was last Friday and only yesterday that they actually remove it,
actually I think that might be because none of the apps made any money. If I look at… I think they might be
something went wrong with their reporting today, but you know it’s
just a case of when you release something to the app stores, you are not free to do whatever you want. You are at
the mercy of what iTunes or what Apple expects on the Apple store, and on
Android you’re…. well if you’re going to go through Google Play only then you
know what Google says that Google has pulled some of my apps before, I mean
this kind of stuff happens from time to time. It goes back to sometimes people
ask me “Is it better to have one big app? or have lots of apps?” and I’ve
always thought lots of apps, and when something like this happens while it’s
you know it’s painful I’ve got this 500-pound hole in my budget now each
month, you know it’s not the end of the
world, I mean I still got all the ad revenue coming in, and I’ve got the
other apps being purchased all that kind of stuff. So I think if I had everything, if you’re going to do just one app, I mean it’s fantastic because if you
know it’s going to work or if you know that it’s working because you can put
all your time and effort into it you can have you know several releases all that
kind of stuff, but you know if something like this happens, it will crush you.
That’s why I like to have lots of lines in the water, lots of eggs in the basket, or whatever. Choose your own metaphor. So that’s it for this week! The app store is…. you have to abide by
their rules and you know at any moment they could pull something and
that’s what happened to me. Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you. So it happens and I’ll keep you updated if anything changes, and that’s it. I’ll talk to you next week!
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