Once again a program is circulating in the App Store under suspicion of scam, with which – so far unmolested by Apple – apparently millions have been made. The well-known developer Kosta Elftheriou criticizes this on Twitter. The makers behind a tool are said to have collected up to 13 million US dollars, which is supposed to interconnect loudspeakers in the vicinity via Bluetooth “to boost the sound”. The app, which has been free for years, now requires a subscription price of US $ 10 per week, which is collected after only a three-day trial period.
Numerous reviews apparently wrong
The makers behind the problematic app apparently hope that the customers do not notice the absurdly high fee and let the subscription continue for the time being. As usual, it can be accessed via the Cancel settings on iPhone, iPad or Mac with a click – as provided under the Apple operating systems. According to Elftheriou, the criticized program is said to have over 50,000 reviews, giving an overall rating of 4.3 stars – better than Apple’s own music app.
Many of them are allegedly fake without Apple taking any action – or they date back to when the tool was free. Current “real” reviews, however, are mostly negative and even ask Apple to remove the app. In the US app store, the program has meanwhile reached 18th place in the music section.
Not the first time
The fall of the expensive “volume booster” is by no means the first time that such controversial programs have made it through Apple’s app review. Eleftheriou has been known as an app store critic for years, repeatedly exposes scam programs and is also involved in a direct legal dispute with Apple over cases of fraud in the online store that affected him himself because one of his apps was simply copied and it was expensive had been sold.
This week there were also incidents with cloning programs of the currently popular game “Wordle”, which flooded the App Store. While the original can be played for free on the web, developers recreated it – also under the original name – and sold it, including in-app subscriptions, via Apple’s software store. In the meantime, the group is said to have deleted the clone apps.