21 APR

AppShopper is Back in the App Store with ‘AppShopper Social’

by arn

After a prolonged absence, an official AppShopper app is back in the App Store! Our original AppShopper app was removed from the App Store due to a conflict with a new set of App Store rules introduced last year. Since that time we’ve been hard at work creating a new app to continue to provide useful functionality to our users and also remain in compliance with Apple’s rules.

Today, we’re happy to announce that we’ve released AppShopper Social [iTunes Link]. The new version of the app still contains the core Wish List functionality that we’ve always had, but also introduces a social discovery portion to the app. This is a brand new app, so it is a separate download (not an update). You will be able to keep your existing AppShopper app on your device as well.

New Social Features

The main view is now composed of your Friend Stream which shows you apps that your fellow AppShopper friends have added to their Wish List or My Apps lists.

With AppShopper Social, you can maintain a Friend/Follower list. When you add a friend to your list, your personalized stream becomes composed of apps that that they have added to their own lists. While you can add any other AppShopper user to your friends list, we’ve created a few special accounts for you to get started with.

In the screenshots above, you can see we are friends with:

148apps
appshopper
macrumors
toucharcade

These are specially created AppShopper accounts that are automatically populated when apps are mentioned or rated on their respective websites.

Our stream shows Dungeon Hunter 4 because it had just been reviewed by TouchArcade.com. Similarly Skitch and Yahoo! Mail where mentioned on MacRumors, and Golf Star reviewed by 148apps.com. These appear on your list as soon as they appear on their respective websites. If you’d like to link your own website automatically to an AppShopper account, please contact us.

In the case of TouchArcade and 148Apps, we already have review integration in the app, so you can read the reviews right from the app:

Same Old Features, Some Coming Back

Long time AppShopper users will be happy to know that the core Wish List and My App features remain in place. You can still get Push Notifications for updates and price changes to your apps. You can also search for any apps. Following the appshopper user will get you a list of the AppShopper Featured apps.

A few features didn’t make the first cut. “What’s New” and “Top 200″ were temporarily dropped while we sought re-approval. We will see about returning those features in a future version.

Also, in the interest of time, we haven’t yet updated the iPad version yet. In its present form, AppShopper Social is not a Universal app. We will be working on a Universal update soon.

More to Come, Please Spread the Word

In the 1.0 version, we’re aware that there are several obvious features that are absent. Top on our priority list is the ability to browse friends’ lists individually by tapping on their name. Also, an easier method for friend discovery and friend recommendation are also something that is clearly necessary. Even without these features, AppShopper Social is an incredibly useful tool for App Discovery, but there’s a lot of potential to be even better.

We lost a lot of momentum with the removal of our App Store app, so we’d ask you to spread the word on AppShopper Social. A large user base will guarantee future updates and improvements.

Download now: iTunes Link


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66 Comments

  1. escK

    Hello

    I’ve been a longtime Appshopper fan, and still have the original app on my iPhone and iPad. I would like to know how these two apps will integrate or if there’s any integration at all. I want to know if I should replace the original app with the new one as the features I use the most are already included in this new version.

    Also will there be any kind of in-app purchase? I had the previous version without ads, and I like it that way. Could there be a founders sort of benefit, where the first users get this version without ads and later when you enable the in app purchase, will be only needed for new users? I’ve seen this in apps like Awareness!

    Thank you

  2. arn

    Hi,

    You can keep both on your phone if you like. I would recommend not deleting the old appshopper until you are comfortable you won’t be needing it.

    Logins are identical, so you can move your data over no problem.

    No in-app purchase, and also no ads in this new version.

  3. Phil

    Thanks for the update and congrats on getting the app approved. AppShopper is responsible for 90% of several hundred dollars worth of app purchases.

    Love the update for the most part but I really would like:
    – iPad: Which you mentioned is forthcoming
    – Social management: I don’t necessarily recommend every apps I add to wish list or my apps
    – Mac apps
    – In-app purchases

  4. LeandroBerna

    Great guys, welcome back!

  5. Man

    Hi.
    Will there be an iPad app soon?

    Thx

  6. Nolan

    Fantastic news! Miss you guys on my device!

  7. James

    Awesome! Glad to see you guys back in the app store!

  8. Jen

    Will the old (original) app always continue to work or will it eventually be required to switch to the new app?

  9. arn

    The original will keep working.

  10. Jerry

    I’m glad to hear that you’re back. Recently, I have not been able to search out apps using the iOS Appshopper, I keep not getting what I’m looking to add to my wish list. When I search on the web app, I can find what I’m looking for. Hopefully you did something to improve the search function in the new iOS app! (personally, I’m not interested in the social features)

  11. arn

    Hi Jerry,

    Sometimes that happens if you set a filter on the Search that you forgot to unset. Make sure the SORT is set to Relevance.

    arn

  12. Elon

    Still uses the first app. I was lucky to never remove it at all, but it doesn’t work all that well anymore. Too bad, although it’s not really a surprise.

  13. AppFreak

    Really glad to see the almighty AppShopper app back. I absolutely like the new app and price drop feed functionality, so I hope this is preserved in its new social take. I’m a little scared to link my existing account (I have two under random emails) to later integrate it with Twitter. Has anyone tried this yet?

  14. The Pixelated

    AWESOME! Can’t wait for the Universal version! Great to see this update/replacement app!

  15. Robert

    It’s still not available in Australian AppStore… please make it available worldwide.

  16. arn

    It should be available in Australia.

    arn

  17. Tinu

    I have added Appshopper as friend. Done. Now an hour later, I also want to add TouchArcade as a friend. How can I do so? All it says is to link my Twitter account. I just want to add TouchArcade just like how I added Appshopper. How to do so?

  18. arn

    Tina. Fron the Friend tab, hit “Edit” and then “Add”. And type in “toucharcade”

    arn

  19. Katwoodatl

    Will you be adding the What’s New feature to AppShopper Social?

    I currently still have the old AppShopper on my devices as well as your new AppShopper Social App.

    Trying to decide if I should delete the original AppShopper App from my devices.

    Please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Kathy

  20. arn

    We’re going to try to bring it back to the new app. I’d suggest you keep the old one around, just in case.

    arn

  21. TheMacMommy

    I am SO excited! I haven’t even downloaded it yet, but I have been so sad about not being able to install this onto my clients’ iOS devices and now that I’ll be able to do that, I can’t wait. I have gotten numerous requests for custom-tailored App Lists for friends, family and the clients I train. I can not wait to be able to recommend apps when I see them in your app. There’s just one glitch – I singed up for a program that will pay me for recommending apps – free or paid. It’s an affiliate program through the US iTunes Store (I plan to sign up for the UK Store as well.)

    I love your app so much that if you offered some kind of affiliate link sharing program, I’d sign right up and tell a few thousand friends! Could you imagine if your users had the ability to create app links and custom lists that earn credit for clicks in the form of iTunes or Amazon gift cards?! Maybe build in a bonus for when someone purchases an entire list of recommended apps?

    Ok, ok, I’ll go download the new app and tinker with it, but thank you so much for getting back into the App Store, I’ve missed you! Keep up the great work!

  22. Tinu

    One more question. I have a login with Appshopper – which means my friends can add me to their friends list. Now how can I suggest an app to those friends that have added me?

  23. arn

    Hi Tinu,

    If you add an app to your Wish List or Own List, then it will appear on their stream at that time. For your WishList items, any updates or price changes will also appear in their Stream.

  24. Josh Joshua

    Holy potatoes!!!
    Awesome guys, I’ve never been so happy to see y’all back on the AppStore!! (Even more that getting a notification that some app is free now!!! :))

  25. Zu

    What I’d really love to see is media being added – seeing movie and TV price changes and social recommendations would be fantastic. Any chance?

  26. Anonymous

    Why would we want to have both if the new one does everything the old one did and more?

  27. Anonymous

    How can I transfer my huge long Wishlist, and why would we want the new and old ones if the new one does everything better, and more things?

  28. tzm41

    Great! Wish you have supported to view mac apps on this app.

  29. arn

    @Anonymous – Just log into the new app, and your wishlist will be there.

  30. Halden Teng

    While the news may seem cool, I’d like to know if the desktop importer app still being maintained. Is there anyone capable of answering this?

  31. anonymous

    Before, it was possible to see our own ratings in the app lists. Now, it is needed to open the app description to see them. It would be useful to allow personal ratings to be shown again in app lists.

  32. Neal Dench

    Works nicely, and syncs all the data from the old app once you’ve logged in, except for one aspect: I can get the social features to work at all. Linking my Twitter account seems to do nothing, and trying to add either AppShopper or TouchArcade has no effect. The Friends tab just just tells me I have no friends and encourages me to link my Twitter account (which I’ve done, like, half a dozen times).

  33. Me

    Well, phooey. I got the notice in my old app, so downloaded the new and deleted the old. And then find out the new one is only set up for iPhone, so that it looks like crap on my iPad 2, and I can only view it in portrait as it doesn’t rotate. Any chance for a universal or iPad friendly version?

  34. MIkla

    Welcome back!

  35. makitango

    It feels like this app is from the same dev the TA app is from, and it’s not just for the fonts. Any news if it’s planned to merge the wish lists, or if it’s likely to get a MacRumors app someday in the near future? WIth the abandonware that Google Reader is now, I’m pretty sure many subscribors would prefer a native version of it rather than switching to just another new feed host.

  36. apps for mobile

    Pretty nice app!!!

  37. arn

    @Neal – there’s a bug. try fully quitting the app and relaunching it. That should refresh your friend list.

  38. Don

    Seems like you guys wasted the last 4 months, to me. I don’t care what a bunch of strangers think is popular, I don’t need to socialize my app purchasing. I just want a list of what apps recently dropped their price to free.

    Completely useless and pointless.

  39. Zu

    @Don, did you even read the post? Don’t answer – you clearly didn’t.

    The old app broke Apple’s rules. You’re not going to see any apps in Apple’s app store exactly like that anymore. The social aspect is probably what permitted an app of this type to come back. And adding the recommended “friends” from the post brings back a lot of the old functionality.

    Direct your sentiments at Apple, not AppShopper.

    @arn, I’d still like to see media as well as apps… TV shows & movies would be really great.

  40. chris

    Greatest news this year!

  41. Vitor Jesus

    Congrats :D
    Already posted this on Facebook ;)

  42. Dave M.

    Love the new version of the app! Am I the only one that is having issues with the iPhone app running on a 1st gen iPad. Every time I try to launch the app, it starts like it’s going to run, then immediately returns to the home screen. :(

    Really looking forward to the Universal app! :)

  43. arn

    @dave. there’s a bug with it on an iPad/iOS 5.x. We’re submitting a fix for that.

  44. Mark Paulsen

    Downloaded, and throughly enjoying the iPhone 5 support. However, I still have the original app installed, and I think it will remain there until otherwise.

  45. Josh

    I wish that it showed how long ago an update or price change was on the stream like the old one did.

  46. Neal Dench

    @arn Thanks! That solved the problem.

  47. TJ_Moose

    Way to go ARN & CO! Welcome back.

    The social aspect seems a little “gimmicky”, but whatever it takes to get Apple to approve a new AppShopper app = Win-Win!

    -TJM

  48. Tinu

    I like everything about this app except one thing. The screenshots are really tiny. I thought the old app’s screenshots were a bit small, but this one shrunk it even more.

    Can you guys make it at least as big as the old app? Or perhaps clicking a picture makes it open in full-screen and we can swipe left and right to other screenshots.

  49. varu

    Welcome back! and
    keep updating with new features.
    we all wishes you with good luck.

  50. Pawan

    Wish you good luck for your re-entry. I’ll try it out and hope I find lots of improved features. :) Thanks for sharing the stuff

  51. knokenet

    Love this website, and I like the app!
    I was wondering if in the future there will be an option to import all your installed apps into the app, instead of searching for each and every app and adding it manually to the app/site.
    Good luck and well done!

  52. jezzy

    It’s great that you’re back. Please, make an iPad app as well

  53. Dave M.

    @arn That’s awesome!

    Is there any possibility that Mac apps will be accessible from the app? I understand I won’t be able to buy Mac apps from the iOS app, but I would like to add Mac apps to my Wish List.

    Otherwise, AppShopper is the perfect solution for keeping track of apps and ratings!

  54. Ahmed

    I just upgraded to the latest version, I had the old one on my ipad running for very long time. After the upgrade I can not find my wish list, it is empty.

  55. Ahmed

    Sorry, I just noticed that the old appshopper exists and working fine and my wish list is ok.

  56. Don

    @Zu

    I did read the blog post, it doesn’t say anything about what supposed rules were being violated, and never said anything about Apple requiring socialization, which wouldn’t have been true if the claim was made. Apple does not require app developers to add in useless social features.

    It seems likely the old app was delisted because it was little more than a wrapper around the webpage, but since the appshopper blog deliberately doesn’t specify what rules violation was found, it’s all speculation on why they were delisted.

    Like I said before, it seems like the appshopper devs wasted the last 4 months, chasing after a non-market, instead of trying to meet the functional needs that the old program met. You like it, good for you; I don’t like it, it doesn’t hurt you. The devs can decide for themselves what market they want to chase, spending a bunch of money maintaining a social infrastructure that duplicates existing functionality of Facebook/twitter/etc, and isn’t used because no one is going to go to the trouble of using a social network that’s empty, when they already are part of an existing social network full of people they know, which the iTunes store already integrates with.

  57. arn

    @Don

    You don’t know what you are talking about. The _only_ reason that AppShopper has social features now is Apple.

  58. yingya

    hi,i have been a big fan of APPshopper for a long time,now i have two appshoppers in my iphone ,the old one and the new one and it is very confusing ,i just curious why you guys didn’t just update the old one instead of releasing a new one

  59. arn

    @yingya – If we had updated the old version, it would have removed several features including iPad support from a lot of people.

  60. m4lmx

    Sooooooo glad you guys are back however; why didn’t you keep the feature to search “my apps” by category? Will the be put back in a future update? I sure hope so….otherwise, love the new app! Welcome back… =D

  61. arn

    @m4lmx that’s a bug.

  62. M

    I love the new app, although I’m keeping the old one. I would like to see apps reviewed in http://www.appcraver.com/ and http://appstorm.net/ in my streem.

  63. Dave Metzener

    I really love the new AppShopper app. I do have a question however.

    In the older app, when i have “My Apps” selected, I was able to sort the list by price (low-high/high-low) My Ratings (low-high/high-low) and Name.

    I use this to help me rate apps that I haven’t rated yet. If I sort ratings from low to high, I can see all the apps with “My Rating” set to 0 stars, I can then rate each app that’s got a rating of 0 stars.

    I would love to have the Category filters and Sort by settings that the old app had.

    Thanks for having such a great tool for keeping track of apps I own!

  64. incineratee

    When is the new version coming? I can not wait for an iPad support.

  65. Brian

    @ Arn, As far as I can tell, having appshopper as a friend and using the “stream” list is the same as the “popular” list from the old app… is this correct?

    If it is, I can probably delete the old app, as I really don’t see anything missing from the new app to the old one otherwise… except for missing the “what’s new” tab which I didn’t use anyway since it gets bogged down with new crud anyway.

    Thanks for your response and thanks for the great app!

  66. Jade

    Enjoying the new app, however I am having problems accessing my old account from the original appshopper. I have forgotten both the password and username, however when I attempted to have appshopper send me an email to reset the password, I never received it. Is there anyway to overcome this problem? I had a lot of apps already listed on the account, and it would be frustrating to have to search for them again.
    Thanks!

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