Apple Introduces ‘AppStore.com’ Short Links For iOS Apps. Provides An Easy Way To Share Your Apps With Others.

Apple Introduces ‘AppStore.com’ Short Links For iOS Apps. Provides An Easy Way To Share Your Apps With Others.


As highlighted by our friends at iPhoneinCanada, Apple has this weekend introduced a new way for developers to market (and share) their apps with their users.

Starting this weekend, developers with an app published to Apple’s iTunes App Store can now prefix their app name with AppStore.com/ in order to immediately redirect their users to their app on the iTunes App Store.

Provide a simple way for users to find your apps with easy-to-remember App Store Short Links. Using an AppStore.com URL that includes your app or company name, you can create links to a single app or all of your apps. These links are accessible worldwide and will automatically direct users to their country’s respective App Store or Mac App Store.


Examples

AppStore.com/Keynote
AppStore.com/Apple


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It’s worth noting at this point that our own URL shortening service – rfly.it – which we introduced just last week, is also capable of providing this functionality to developers using the service’s ‘Custom Ending’ feature, and is noticeably shorter (in length) compared to Apple’s own alternative.

If you’re looking for geographic redirection based on the user’s current location, be sure to shorten your iTunes App Store link without the country identifier.

For example:

This: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/edge/id300896018?mt=8
Would be: https://itunes.apple.com/app/edge/id300896018?mt=8


Examples

rfly.it/twitter
rfly.it/edge


Developer? – See this support document for more.