I made an off-handed post the other day about how the Mac App Store still hasn’t implemented wish list functionality. Devir Kahan gave the sensible response that I should just track stuff in a text document. Not a bad idea, but not ideal either. Dave said I should use AppShopper because he’s insane about AppShopper. I mean, every time I talk to him it’s AppShopper this and AppShopper that and OMG APPSHOPPER. Christ, Dave, I get it. You love AppShopper. I mean, he’s even started linking everything to AppShopper. And they don’t even pay him. Dave is a man on a mission.
Anyway, I patiently explained to Devir and Dave that while their recommendations were reasonable and rational, they had completely missed my point. The fact anyone recommends a 3rd party app (even it’s just a text editor) as a solution highlights the fact that I am right. The need is there and other people have found solutions to fill the void. Apple is ignoring an obvious need, in this case, a need that can only translate to more sales.
In a nutshell, here’s my logic: I’m using the Mac App Store. I’m reading about something I’m interested in. I should be able to click a button and add it to a list of things I want to think about. We’ll call this the wish list. (I know. I’m blowing your mind. Stick with me.) I shouldn’t have to fire up a 3rd party program or open a tab, surf to another website, search for the app, and then add it to my 3rd party wish list. Apple has wish list functionality in iTunes. The Mac App Store uses the same authentication database that iTunes uses. It uses the same payment information that iTunes uses. So Apple can obviously access iTunes-related information from within the Mac App Store application. Apple has the data and programming muscle to make this happen. And thus, my point: They just haven’t done it.
I want my frigging wish list.
I’ve started using AppShopper (SHUT UP). I refused to transfer my entire iTunes wish list because I’m still pissed that I have to do this at all. Also, you have to search for each application and add each application one at a time. Also two, AppShopper’s search function kind of sucks. (Seriously, search for documents to go – it’s down toward the bottom of the page, below Where To Go?, Parsha To Go, and Best Western To Go.) I configured AppShopper to only notify me on price drops. I don’t give a rip about app update notifications. I guess some people really care about that kind of stuff, but I don’t hang out with any of them. I’ll agree with Dave [on one point]((http://metzener.com/2012/02/04/appshopper/), though. I love that they track both iOS and OS X applications. They only do this on the website. Their iOS app only tracks iOS apps. Why? Who knows. I mean, their iOS app is just a front-end to their website, right? Give me the data.
What is up with the data hoarding? First Apple and now AppShopper. Stop doing that.
Anyway, yeah. AppShopper. Woohoo!
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