Director of Apple's app store sells his own fart apps

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Phillip Shoemaker, director of applications technology at Apple and the man who runs the App Store, has a side business called Gray Noodle. Gray Noodle is responsible for quality iPhone apps like Animal Farts, a urination simulator called iWiz and a refrigerator magnet app called Medical Poetry. The apps range in price from $1 to $2.

Wired discovered the connection between Phillip and his side business through links on some of his social networking profiles. The profiles have since been deleted. When asked about the applications, an Apple spokeswoman said,

Phillip’s apps were written, submitted and approved before he became an Apple employee. His experience and perspective as a developer is one of the valuable things he brings to Apple’s developer relations team. Apple’s policy allows for employees to have apps on the App Store if they’re developed and published prior to their start at Apple.

The statement conflicts with information obtained on Phillip's twitter account. According to one of his tweets he was hired by Apple on March 9, 2009, but three of his apps were published after that date. According to a former senior iPhone software engineer, Apple employees are prohibited from selling apps in the App Store unless they gain special permission from an executive as part of a policy to avoid any conflicts of interest.

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Apple needs to take out their anti-competitive app-checking and add in quality assurance personnel. As it is now is just stupid.

It'd improve their professional image and make it easier to find good apps, getting rid of pointless placeholders.

I'm hoping Windows Phone 7 has a bit higher percentage of good apps on its store than Apple's...it's rubbish like these that just pads Apple's app count.

JonathanMarston said,
I'm hoping Windows Phone 7 has a bit higher percentage of good apps on its store than Apple's...it's rubbish like these that just pads Apple's app count.

Exactly, when Apple brags about how they have more applications than anyone else just take a look at these and you'll understand why. What really makes me sad though is that there are people who buy these and think they are funny.

Skyfrog said,

Exactly, when Apple brags about how they have more applications than anyone else just take a look at these and you'll understand why. What really makes me sad though is that there are people who buy these and think they are funny.

IF they aren't fart apps, they're soundboards or websites just in a chromeless wrapper.

Skyfrog said,

Exactly, when Apple brags about how they have more applications than anyone else just take a look at these and you'll understand why. What really makes me sad though is that there are people who buy these and think they are funny.

IF they aren't fart apps, they're soundboards or websites just in a chromeless wrapper.

LiquidSolstice said,

IF they aren't fart apps, they're soundboards or websites just in a chromeless wrapper.

are you talking about android? i find apple's app store to have a lot more quality apps compared to google market. at least in the "top" sections. i rarely ever find apps interesting enough to install on android while i used to have a lot of apps on my 3gs.

Lifeflayer said,

are you talking about android? i find apple's app store to have a lot more quality apps compared to google market. at least in the "top" sections. i rarely ever find apps interesting enough to install on android while i used to have a lot of apps on my 3gs.

I'm talking about both. I have yet to come across a set of REALLY good apps from either sides, hence I go stock most of the time.

Ah, yes, the fart apps...how else would Apple be able to claim over half a million apps available?

The quote also makes it sound like they fully endorse such valuable "experience and perspective". Go, Apple!!

neufuse said,
seriously what is up with these stupid Applications

Your question is answered in the article...
His experience and perspective as a developer is one of the valuable things he brings to Apple's developer relations team.

Meph said,
Aww, that seems cruel to not let them make their own apps while they work for Apple.

Kind of like the head of the FDA owning meat and pharmaceutical companies.

Singh400 said,
A non-story until the last sentence.

Indeed, not really newsworthy at all.
2 mins of my life I wont get back.

Singh400 said,
A non-story until the last sentence.
Still a non-story, because all it would mean is that he got special permission..

Ryoken said,
Still a non-story, because all it would mean is that he got special permission..

or that he gave permission to himself.

LiquidSolstice said,

Well gee, aren't you just cool. I'm totally sure THAT line has never ever been used anywhere else. Good work.

Cool story, bro!

DarkNovaGamer said,

Which in this day, is a good chunk of the earth's population.


But not everybody; hence, it is new to some, including me.