appshopper etc.

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by iChan, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. iChan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2003
    Dublin, Ireland.
    does anyone know where they all the information from for the site? i.e the icons, update information etc? it's obviously pulled down automatically from somwhere.
  2. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Arn should be able to tell us this.

    I would also like to know the approx lag time from an updated/new app showing up in app store vs showing up on Appshopper.

    Btw, I love that site - it's addicting.
  3. detz macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    iTunes its a website but it's restricted to an iTunes user agent so all you have to do is fake being itunes and you can scape the iTunes directory. I've been doing it for a few weeks so I have all the data in a database(I can run queries on apps) and I update my DB daily but I could probably doing it hourly without much of an issue.
  4. Nicolecat macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2008
    Yeah, but I've noticed a few apps on there as being free, but when you go to download them from the app store...they've gone up in price.

    So, are the listings only accurate close to the date they were posted?
  5. detz macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    It depends on how that site does it, AppShopper is not part of Apple so they don't have the "official" data, they get it like all the other sites. If there are 10k apps that a lot of daily scraping...In my basic tests it took a while to download this(the Apple servers are slow) but I've written something that speeds it up...not sure what other sites do though.

    I'm guessing most sites update daily or weekly so if an app changes prices/description it wont be accurate for a few days.
  6. Pring macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2003

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