The email shows that Apple is manipulating the App Store search results to favor its own app
But now it looks like Apple added search results to the App Store. An email released during the Epic vs. Apple trial showed that the technical giant apparently admitted that it had increased the placement of its own Files app above the competition lists over an 11-month period. Apple’s application search director Debankur Naskar hinted that a somewhat sore bank was running at Apple when he wrote in an email, “We’re removing the manual addition and the search results should now be more relevant.”
Naskar responded to an email from Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, a major Apple partner at the time. Sweeney had “encountered” Apple after the latter’s Files app first landed in the App Store search results when he searched for Dropbox. While you may not be able to distinguish the leader’s tone from the words written, you can imagine Sweeney sounding amazing when he emailed Apple saying “Dropbox didn’t even appear on the first page [of search results]”
The late Steve Jobs wanted Dropbox dead when it rejected its offer to buy the company for Apple
Dropbox has been Apple’s problem until 2009, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs said iCloud would help kill Dropbox after Jobs couldn’t convince Dropbox CEO Drew Houston to sell the then-starting company to Apple.
After Spotify had appealed to European regulators, the April 2019 results were much different on iTunes and Apple Music numbers 1-2, but on Spotify’s fourth and YouTube Music’s fifth. Apple had no other apps to show up in the App Store for “music.”
Apple issued a statement to The Verge saying: “We have created the App Store as a safe and reliable place for customers to find and download apps and a great business opportunity for all developers. App Store search has only one goal – to get customers what they are looking for. “It’s fair to all developers, and we don’t benefit from our applications over any developer’s or competitor’s applications.