Go to the App Store and rate your 5 favorite apps right now!

Go rate your favorite App Store apps right now!

I too hate it when Instagram and other apps continuously popup pleas for ratings. It's an interception of user experience, which makes it jarring, and it happens over and over again, whether I rate the app or not, which makes it intolerable. I understand completely John Gruber's feelings on Daring Fireball:

I’ve long considered a public campaign against this particular practice, wherein I’d encourage Daring Fireball readers, whenever they encounter these “Please rate this app” prompts, to go ahead and take the time to do it — but to rate the app with just one star and to leave a review along the lines of, “One star for annoying me with a prompt to review the app.”

However, developers' ability to feed their families can very literally rest on the difference between a 3 and a 4+ rating. In the inscrutable world of App Store rankings, ratings hold an enormous amount of power. Sadly, customers are most likely to rate an app when they're upset about something - negative sentiment is the most powerful motivators.

Also, apparently, thanks to auto-updates in iOS 7, the way Apple measures engagement metrics have changed. That means updates don't help developers rank higher or get as much attention (which can translate into downloads or sales) as before. I like Jim Dalrymple's take on The Loop:

There has to be a better solution from Apple to encourage users to rate apps that works for everyone. Users should rate apps and give feedback to the developers so they can make the app better for everyone.

Maybe there's more the media can do as well. Here's an idea: Right now, right this very second, please take a moment to go and rate your five favorite, most-used App Store apps. We'll figure out a way to unobtrusively encourage that regularly going forward. We all want more great apps and the only way to get them is to help make them successful.

Once you've rated your apps, please let me know which ones you rated below!

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Rene Ritchie

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Go to the App Store and rate your 5 favorite apps right now!


Dead Ahead
Twitteriffic 5

These are the most used on my iPad at the moment. Also liked on Facebook to help spread the word too.

I will probably do some more later, for the first round I chose some of my "everyday" apps.


My favourite apps are listed below. But first I'd like to suggest that you check out http://getapplr.com. A different take on app reviews and it has a social aspect to it. It asks you to connect to your apple account but you don't have to. I logged in so it would get my apps and then I logged out.

Tweetbot 3
Calendars 5
Any list (shopping list)
Mailshot (creates email group lists)

Clumsy Ninja
Mailbox (Even though I don't use it very much, I just find it so darn awesome. I just wish they'd support other email services soon)
& iMore

Sent from the iMore App

Added a few more with the help of my nephew:
Dumb Ways To Die
Fruit Ninja
Coin Dozer
Nimble Quest
Temple Run 2
Zombie Tsunami

Sent from the iMore App

Thanks for the reminder. I just rated Camera+, Feedly, 1Password, Sonos, and TWiTPad. I use these programs every day and couldn't imagine that my iPad/iPhone experience would be as great without them.

Also, please do periodically remind us to rate apps. If I use it more than a couple of times a week I probably like it and I should rate it.

Just rated my five and a bonus. Here are my favorites:

1. 1Password
2. Evernote
3. Zite
4. Tweetbot 3
5. iMore

7. Flipboard
8. OmniFocus 2

Sent from the iMore App

I rated the following:
USAA Mobile
Watch ESPN Mobile
Score Mobile
It's Bedlam time baby!

Sent from the iMore App

If they ask me once when I say NO .... and never push me again .... I'll rate them accordingly. Otherwise .... 1 STAR ... and DELETE and never ever download anything from that developer.

Same with games....no matter how bad I want a game, any stupid in-app purchase like buy 100,000 block of golds for $99.99 .... oh man!

Pocket Informant
The app for my bank
Google maps

I use a number of others near daily also. Like others, I'll dump an app without thought if I find one I like better. It's gotta be a quality app or I'm done with it.

Sent from the iMore App

It drives me nuts when I'm using an app and every time I open it RATE US! This causes me to not rate it and if I don't absolutely need it, by by. I rate apps if they are great it if they are bad. Takes little time and helps the product going forward, but give me pop ups and no go.

Mikey shorts
USA Today
OneNote ( microsoft one truly great app)

your missing the part where the developer says " your 5 star reviews powers free updates". It truth most developers just want a 5 star not a truthful one.

Sent from the iMore App

I regularly rate after a week of use. I update my ratings following updates of my favorite apps. 90% of the time it's to express gratitude and offer reasonable requests that I hope will improve the app because I'd like to continue using it as well as support the developer(s).
I love it when apps have feedback and ratings support in their settings.

5 of my recent:
Bible for Kids
Tweetbot 3
Toca Hair Salon Me
Speedtest.net Mobile

(*I do not like being asked to rate apps.
My #1 app killing experience - greedy, pilfering IAPs.)

Sent from the iMore App

May if rating apps was easier. You have to sign in then sign in again. Also, you need to find the app you want to rate, then when it gets updated your comment isn't displayed. It takes time and effort. If I could just quickly submit a review, that would be nicer. Saying that, I will go do that the know. :)

As someone without a job at the moment I can appreciate their plight, but begging for reviews via popups that fly out and interrupt me would be like trying to engage customers in a store by walking up and hitting them with my hat.

But then again, this is a world where someone thinks a piece of software that turns on an LED to use as a flashlight is worth money. So maybe a lot of these folks are the software world's version of people in the mall that step out in your way and try to sell you e-cigarettes and Dead Sea salt.

1. My checkbook (Surprise Software)
2. Voxer
4. Fantastical
5. iTranslate

Sent from the iMore App

1. Zite (better than Flipboard)
2. Evernote
3. Kustom Note (use templates or create your own--integrated with Evernote)
4. WeatherLine/Dark Sky
5. Square/Register

Tweetbot 3
Fantastical 2
Reeder 2
Launch Center Pro

I had already left reviews for these apps, but I resubmitted them since most of these have had version updates since then.

Sent from the iMore App

Newsify (most underrated RSS app)
OliveTree Bible Reader

Oh, darn it...five is too few. :)

Documents by Readdle
Amazon Kindle
Galaxy on Fire 2 (my current game addiction)

Tweetbot 3
Pocket Casts
ANZ GoMoney

I leave at least 5 reviews a week. As I buy prob 20 apps a week, mostly games.

Sent from the iMore App

Fantastical 2
Tweetbot 3

My most used app. Just rated them. Next is imore which I use daily! I try to review apps that I use regularly. Thanks for this post. I will do it every couple of days. Helping me to step my writing game up too!

Im not a big Gamer but i do have a few on my iPad Mini Retina and iPhone5 for those Dr's visits, and as i work from home, i have a App's on my iPad Mini and iPhone to cover EVERY App i use on my Mac from day to day, so when I'm out and about, i can still do business, then again, i have Air Connect to Connect remotely to my Mac if need be.
Living in Australia i like to support local talent, so there are a few Aussie Apps, that are functional to what i need, but anyways . . There are those Apps, that haven't been updated for 12 months that i never bother with, as it seems the Devs can't be bothered to update the App or seem to read comments and then act on them.
Here is a few that i like and always give ratings too.

Procreate 2
Aus Weather
Fantastical 2
Air Connect/Sharing/Login

I'm not usually proactive on ratings and reviews. Thanks for prompting me!

iAnnotate PDF

Sent from the iMore App

Another thing that irks me most is just after downloading an app; a pop up will appear and ask me to rate the app. Like ,really? I just downloaded the app and haven't had a chance to try it and you're asking me to rate it? Seriously?

I rated
Things *****
Fantastical *****
iMore *****
Netflix ***
Facebook Messenger ****

Sent from the iMore App

There should just be a "recommend/don't recommend box within apps, which feeds through to the App Store. When you are in the App Store, there could be a "review your apps" section (perhaps by the purchased area), which allows you to expand on your verdict of you wish.

I have a few PDF apps, but i no longer have one that converts webpages to pdf's. i used to love and rely on 'Print to PDF', but Apple shut them down. Does 'WritePDF' have this functionality?

After reading everyone's list, i went ahead and purchased Fantastical 2 - so in addition to all these apps getting some new reviews, maybe some of them are getting some sales as well.

Addendum to my reviews: I have now also reviewed

Lose It
Kingdom Rush

Most-Used & Loved apps (outside of Apple's included Maps, Mail, & Safari):

Tie between InstaPaper & GoodReader
Streaming Apps (YouTube, HBO Go, NetFlix, WatchESPN)

I tried to pick some that aren't already the most popular out there. (One's I don't see in the top 100). Hopefully this will help the smaller guys who are doing great work get the recognition they deserve.

1. Next Episode (best TV tracking app out there!)
2. Pocket Casts (podcasts)
3. Bodyweight Training (workouts)
4. Rise (Alarm Clock)
5. Zedge (wallpapers)

The obvious everyday apps are Facebook, Twitter, The Weather Channel, IMDB, Chive, and Kindle. I will probably rate these, but I believe the point of this was to help out the small Devs that don't hit the top of the charts, but are still making great apps.

Also, thanks to everyone for your lists. Definitely have some new apps to try out this week!

Best apps I cannot live without:

24me - incredible productivity app, uniting your calendars and tasks into one place

** Our app reviews are associated with our iTunes Apple ID... The apps should have a trigger that detects when we've submitted a review for their app and not ask us to review if we already have... Apple could do this - It could see that we have "Bleh" registered as a downloaded app and then check to see if our account has provided an app review or not. If "yes", there could be an API to signal the app that a review has been processed and it should no longer implement a review request while using the app.

Zombies, run!

This is a great idea. I tend to hit 'not now' on review pop ups without even thinking about it but if I use it a lot, it clearly deserves a rating. Off to do these now.

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