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MacStories.net has discovered two new categories in iTunes that are currently unpopulated: Top Explicit Paid Software and Top Explicit iPad Software (iTunes links). The new categories confirm previous reports that Apple was working on adding such a category to iTunes.

The move appears to reverse a recent policy shift of Apple's to remove all sexually suggestive materials from the App Store. Those removals were reportedly secondary to customer complaints about the growing number of such apps.

It's not clear when (or even if) Apple will launch the new category of Apps.

Article Link: Apple Prepping 'Explicit' Category for App Store
 

mac jones

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Bad idea to have this category.

You just can't be sure who's buying them. You don't want young children to accidentally download something.

I hope they show some sense here.

I't not a dirt issue, it's an age issue.
 
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NT1440

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Bad idea to have this category.

You just can't be sure who's buying them. You don't want young children to accidentally download something.

I hope they show some sense here.

Parental Controls.


Next!
 
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gwynne

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Woot.

Your children should not dictate my content experience on my devices. Sorry.
 
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leomac08

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Because Demon Hunter doesn't like filth, so everyone has to live by HIS tastes.

It's not like it's a free country. It's a dictatorship ruled by Demon Hunter.

Demon Hunter might be a female....:rolleyes::p

Some people tend to categorize every member in MR to be a dude!!!!! but MR is 30% composed of females too!
 
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AidenShaw

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You just can't be sure who's buying them. You don't want young children to accidentally download something.

Young children with a browser or email have probably seen far more explicit stuff (just by accident) than many of us ever saw when we went looking for it in the pre-internet days.

And they're probably not harmed in the least - it's a biology lesson without a red-faced parent being totally embarrassed and sending confusing signals. Remove the "forbidden fruit" angle (not a reference to gay porn) and they may be less likely to look for it. ("Oh, naked boobies popped up again - click 'close'")

Why do people think that the best thing for children is to pretend that sex does not exist? Go to a family-oriented nude beach sometime....

(I grew up on a farm, and at 5 years would help when we "borrowed" a ram to "service" our ewes. It was clear that all this work (much of it by the ram) would be so that we had lambs in the spring. I had no need for the "birds and bees" talk ;) )
 
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jzuena

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An explicit category doesn't necessarily mean sexually explicit. It could be for explicit violence in games, too.
 
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appleguy123

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Why can't people have a choice?
Safari offers that choice. Apps that rely on the lustfulness of humans rather than developer's time and creativity should not be on Apple's app store. If you want to look up porn (no judgement if you do) use your web browser.
Young children with a browser or email have probably seen far more explicit stuff (just by accident) than many of us ever saw when we went looking for it in the pre-internet days.

And they're probably not harmed in the least - it's a biology lesson without a red-faced parent being totally embarrassed and sending confusing signals. Remove the "forbidden fruit" angle (not a reference to gay porn) and they may be less likely to look for it.

Are you the gay porn star and writer by that name?
 
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xxBURT0Nxx

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lmao at the people saying kids will get a hold of this stuff. I'm assuming if your child has an iPhone, they are around 15, 16... If they want to access porn, they are going to do it regardless of whether or not there are apps in the app store.

And if you don't want your kids to see it, you can set parental controls pretty easily that will block stuff. Hell you can block the whole app store if you want. And if you can't even set the parental controls, you are gonna have bigger problems. You think a kid wouldn't think to hit up porn on safari before searching for some stupid bouncing tata's app? You are the parent it's your job to watch YOUR kids, not apples, or mine, or anybody elses.

Plain and simple, if you can't control your child from downloading porn on their phone you are going to have a lot more worries in life. Porn is one of the least harmful things a kid can get into...
 
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ziggyonice

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They need to have this category. Parental controls can block it, if needed. In addition, the way eBay does it, is that the credit card on the account verifies their age. Apple shouldn't reject apps simply because of nudity or violence.

This is a step in the right direction to a completely open App Store.
 
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gwynne

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Meh. I think we can find other actual tragedies to get righteously indignant about, honestly.

Lots.
 
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dscuber9000

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That category is going to be so disgusting and degrading. :p Who are these people who carry these apps around with them, by the way? It's so... embarrassing.
 
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swagi

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Bad idea to have this category.

You just can't be sure who's buying them. You don't want young children to accidentally download something.

I hope they show some sense here.

I't not a dirt issue, it's an age issue.

You know that you link the store to the Apple ID browsing it is a piece of cake, don't you?

And I'm pretty sure, that only adults get credit cards.

So, no saved credit card info on Apple ID - no explicit category.

Hey, I'm all for explicit. Just to put that into perspective, I cannot legally buy Gears of War in Germany. I don't give a damn about p0rn, but if people like boobs on their iPad - let them have the fun.
 
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3282868

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Wonder if this will appease all the "APPLE IS TOO CONTROLLING!" "I NEED MY IPHONE PORN" complainers...

I find this ironic since Apple controls every aspect of the App Store.

Whether or not they let you buy these Apps, THEY are making the choice to offer them.

:rolleyes: EVERY company makes a choice as to what to sell to customers. In that vein, every company is "controlling".
 
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