Is it just me?.
In my posts, whenever I link to an iPhone app it goes to the developer’s web site, usually the specific page for that app. Lots of people, however, use the link that takes you to the product page in iTunes. I find that incredibly annoying.
For example, if you knew nothing about the app Juxtaposer, and someone was raving about it, would you rather be linked here (web) or here (iTunes)? I’ve got a few reasons for preferring the web to iTunes:
- If I’m reading your post I’m obviously already in my browser, can’t I just stay there? I mean, what makes you think I want to switch apps?
- I only need iTunes if I’m gonna download the thing, which more often than not I don’t do. So why wouldn’t I just review the app’s information in my browser first?
- I may not have iTunes running! This one bugs me the most because iTunes isn’t exactly a speed demon at launching. I’ve specifically avoided clicking links for this reason.
- Aside from the app, on the web I can also look into what else the developer offers in terms of products, support, etc. Sure, the iTunes page has the developer link, but it’s where I should have gone first.
The bottom line is, to say the least, it’s distracting to get switched from the browser just to get information on an iPhone app. To say the most it’s a pain in the rectum.
It’s the web. I use the browser to review pretty much anything before I buy or download it, and I see no reason for this process to be different for an iPhone app. If I like what I see, the app’s web page will obviously have the iTunes link, so I’m not going to have a problem getting there if I decide I want the app.
Does this annoy anyone else?