The Mac App Store features "Popular Apps".

The list even comprises apps with a rating of 2 or less.. which seems weird.
'Better' apps are not listed.. do we have any clue how this list is compiled and what's a "popular app" in terms of the Mac App Store?

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Whilst apps on the top charts list are selected algorithmically, all the apps on the featured tab are hand-picked. There's no algorithm that directly chooses apps to be shown on the featured tab.

  • Sure, I realize that featured apps are a hand-curated list. But the 'popularity' appears to be neither related to rating or number of downloads as far as I can tell.
    – cacau
    Commented Jan 13, 2016 at 8:26

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