If you are an iPhone user, you might have heard about the Peace app that happened to land on the number one spot in the App Store for around 36 hours. While this is great success, some people have wondered as to whether they should be using the app or not. If something is number one, it is either too good or too good to be true.
Marco Arment, a very well-known and respected Web developed decided to remove his ad-blocking app from the App Store. Just as we mentioned before, the app was number one for one day and a half and it would seem ambiguous if the man who designed it realized that it should not be up there in the first place. So was is self-sabotage?
Not at all. After Peace, Purify and Crystal all made their way to the top, Arment realized that this sort of technology is too double-edged to be left unchecked. Apple declared that they would allow their users to download iOS 9 tools that would block pesky ads from their devices, but while this benefits the majority of users, major companies are getting backstabbed.
Arment declared that “achieving this much success with Peace just doesn’t feel good”. He apologized to his fans and all the people who trust him, but ad blocking tools are not yet designed to separate what is good for what is bad. Yes, your devices will be a lot faster and you will not see anything that you don’t want to see anymore, but it is important to keep in mind that there are people who make a living out of those ads.
What is more impressive is that Arment is offering refunds for all Peace purchasers and he recommends that people, who still do not want to see everything they are not interested in on their devices, use Crystal or Purify.
In the end, Arment said that he knows “pulling Peace from the store after just two days is going to be an immensely unpopular move, and subject me to a torrent of unpleasantness” but he feels confident that this will all be over soon and his consciousness will be clean and his future projects will be a little more morally polished and just as successful.
So what do you think? Should Arment have kept his app on the market or is his pull-off a just thing? He seems very genuine about his feelings and he probably hopes that this move will not have a significant impact on his future projects.
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