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Some of the iPhone/iPod Touch app review sites require developers to pay them to have a review posted. This raises obvious concerns about the independence and objectivity of the reviews. (See this Wired article for more information.) Requiring payment for product reviews is not illegal, so the only way to turn back this trend is for consumers to ignore these sorts of reviews.

So, I would like to have a list of app review sites, along with a note as to whether they charge for reviews, or have any other conflicts of interest. Vote up the ones that you find most useful.

If you are a developer who has been asked to pay a fee by one of these sites, please provide details.

I want to keep this list focused on apps for iPhone and iPod Touch. If you want to list review sites for other devices, please create another question.

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closed as not constructive by bmike Dec 28 '12 at 6:03

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Good question. Maybe better for Stack Overflow though...I'm not sure. – Thomas Aug 13 '10 at 13:20
The intended audience for this list is iPhone users, not developers. – Kristopher Johnson Aug 13 '10 at 17:14
As a developer I completely ignore those sites: from what I've seen they rarely have more than a handful of visitors and site quality tends to be quite poor. Based on the fact that a review on a well-respected site isn't likely to sell many copies, paying for reviews is insane. One app of mine got a 4.5 (out of 5) mice review on MacWorld -- not the hottest review site, but well-respected with a lot of traffic -- and I sold maybe 10 extra copies as a result. Definitely not worth paying for. – Matthew Frederick Apr 21 '11 at 8:06 and are mentioned by the Wired article as sites that ask programmers to pay fees.

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