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Tell Us Your Thoughts on iPhone Fart and Boob Apps

Readers, we’d like to hear your thoughts.

It’s universally accepted that the App Store is roughly 90% junk and 10% worthwhile content. You already know that we focus mostly on the good 10% rather than the bad 90%. And until recently, it was rare that popular apps in the Store were also trashy. Yet over the last month, Apple’s decision to let a collection of “limited utility” applications into the App Store opened the floodgates: the resulting publicity first helped fart noise apps shoot up the charts, and now, with similar assistance, the latest chart toppers are girl ogling apps: a 3-D model of a girl called “iGirl - Never Says No,” the wallpaper app “Bikini Blast” that features photos of “cougars and milfs,” and “Wobble Her Bikini,” which iets you add 3-D animated jiggling parts to 2-D photos. The latter one is, as of this moment, the #1 app in Apple’s Japanese App Store. Seriously.

Since our inception, iLounge has been a family-friendly site. We see and salute developers who are working hard to make games, programs, and content that really elevate the iPhone OS as a platform, but there’s no doubt that fart and boob apps are of interest to some people, too. So we want to know what you think. Should we give a little attention to these apps anyway, either in news or reviews, despite the fact that neither Steve Jobs nor Phil Schiller would ever get up on stage to salute them as their top-selling applications? Or should we ignore them despite their popularity? Your thoughts are appreciated.

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1

Please ignore them.  I personally view the boob apps especially obnoxious and inappropriate.  Apple’s getting really close to porn apps- they said that was not allowed.  Suddenly, we seem to be changing… grr.

Posted by Josh C. on February 5, 2009 at 4:54 PM (CST)

2

I think the iPhone is such an amazing replacement for a computer that it was just matter of time that these kind of apps should present themselves… but unless they represent some kind of innovation not present before in an iPhone app, you should ignore them and focus on other apps that make ourselves more productive, or that entertain us in more challenging ways…

Posted by Korpil on February 5, 2009 at 5:01 PM (CST)

3

Ignore. That’s all the attention and focus these apps deserve.

Posted by Colin H on February 5, 2009 at 5:01 PM (CST)

4

I think likewise: Apps in thew App Store would be family friendly. I dont wanna have to look at inappropiate content when browsing the Store. Apple should not get so close to porn.

Posted by Oscar on February 5, 2009 at 5:15 PM (CST)

5

Ignore them.

Posted by Branden on February 5, 2009 at 5:19 PM (CST)

6

I would have to say that you should make the decision yourself. Upon hearing of these apps, one thinks they are worthless. However, if you have ever played Feel the Magic: XXYY on the Nintendo DS then you will surely know that games sharing similar principles can be incredibly fun without being offensive or degenerative.

Posted by jiji on February 5, 2009 at 5:22 PM (CST)

7

If everyone ignores them, then they will go away.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on February 5, 2009 at 5:37 PM (CST)

8

8 months ago, I called it the app store but thanks to combination of developers eager for a buck and Apple eager to claim popularity, it has become the crap store. Too many apps that are blatantly defective, too many useless apps that are poor knockoffs of someone else’s design for Apple to claim that they are managing the crap store with an even hand. There are clearly some apps waiting 3.5 weeks to be passed ( that would bring value ) by an Apple that wants to push more crap apps than quality. Apple has no one to blame but themselves for the situation. And while the crap store grows do we see signs of material improvement in the current iPhone ? - no, further signs that they have lost focus on what’s important.

Posted by Samuel MindHeart on February 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM (CST)

9

Unfortunately, there is far worse junk on iTunes than some of these fart and boob apps and apparently they seem to appeal to a lot of people.  It wouldn’t be #1 in some markets if it didn’t have a wide appeal.  I’m not saying I approve of them but you the comments posted here may not represent the majority of interest.  I don’t think you should ignore anything that is likely popular.  No offense but it would be a huge oversight if you were just catering to the bible belt and conservatives.  But if thats “your” market, go for it. :)

Posted by Randall on February 5, 2009 at 5:58 PM (CST)

10

I think fart/noise-making apps suck. IMHO they are useless. But Wobble it’s fun for me.

Posted by japok on February 5, 2009 at 6:02 PM (CST)

11

like fart jokes in general, they’re kinda funny at first and then get pretty old (fast).  i’ll admit that i did download one of the fart ones (a freebie) when they first started surfacing, but now, enough is enough.  how many different apps do they need for the same thing? 

i haven’t really seen any of the “boob” ones (i’m a woman, so i don’t pay much attention to them), but i’m sure it’s very much the same as the fart apps.  i’m sure they have a certain entertainment factor at first, but then they also probably get old pretty quick.

Posted by tyra on February 5, 2009 at 6:48 PM (CST)

12

I have no interest in these apps.  They seem to indicate that their creator has no interest in producing something really useful.  However, as much as things can suck at times in the good ol’ US of A, we do recognize free speech as a fundamental right.  Just like all the other crap out there that we avoid by choice, it’s easy to ignore this stuff as well.

Posted by Michael on February 5, 2009 at 6:55 PM (CST)

13

I just don’t understand why some idiot would spend money on an iphone to use it for games.

Live is short, and there is no need to waste time on retarded iphone applications.

We need government control to rid this world of idiots! Apple should only sell productivity apps!

Posted by George on February 5, 2009 at 7:06 PM (CST)

14

Please Ignore, the stupid apps dont need anymore attention than they already getting. Tell me why do we need 75+ fart apps? Why??? All these stupid apps polute the store and make it harder to find good apps.

Posted by Sam on February 5, 2009 at 8:47 PM (CST)

15

They sell rap songs with explicit lyrics in iTunes, so this is not a big surprise.  If you don’t like it, just dont buy it, leave censorship to parents.

Posted by Johnathan on February 5, 2009 at 9:13 PM (CST)

16

Ignore them. Popularity does not designate quality or utility. Write about quality products and content. Leave the vultures to nip at the rotten leftovers.

Posted by David Chartier on February 5, 2009 at 10:08 PM (CST)

17

Just ignore those apps. I’d much rather continue to read iLounge’s reviews of worthwhile apps than mentions of the latest desperate “crapplication” cash grab.

Posted by TexCub on February 5, 2009 at 10:29 PM (CST)

18

Full disclaimer: I’m a developer with a family-friendly app, but I won’t mention it per iLounge’s guidelines.

BUT, if there was a family-friendly mode for the AppStore, my app would be pushed into the Top 10 in Entertainment, and perhaps Top 50 overall.  I’m not complaining, as I’m still doing well, but as a parent, I’d like Apple to consider a safe-mode DEFAULT that could be turned off, like Image Search in Yahoo.

Posted by MacToddB on February 5, 2009 at 10:35 PM (CST)

19

I say ignore them and continue to focus on the apps that are worth focusing on.  I’m not interested in the crap that has flooded the app store.

Posted by Audrey McGirt on February 5, 2009 at 11:09 PM (CST)

20

I’m not interested in a pocket sized electronic whoopie cushion.  If someone wants one its OK with me but I would rather not see iLounge waste your resources or my time in reviewing such stuff.  Rude behavior is always best ignored.

Posted by TulsaGent in Tulsa, OK, USA on February 5, 2009 at 11:50 PM (CST)

21

...if someone’s really interested in this [type of app; silly/smut], jailbreaking is the best option.  ignoring it within appstore is appropriate, as there can easily be sites other than ilounge that cover that.  While I appreciate the pretty girl and silly fart as much as the next guy, I do like a certain journalistic quality (read: class) to be present on ilounge.

stick to what you’re doing well, as you can’t do everything when you do anything.

Posted by shawn on February 6, 2009 at 2:24 AM (CST)

22

bathroom humor always sells..but folks should grow up at some point. I am a 63 year old Itouch (and two others) users and fund many apps use for travel and language—I live in Mexico.

Posted by Bill Wilson on February 6, 2009 at 3:27 AM (CST)

23

Judging by the many responses above (and below?) it would “seem” that the responders were at least a little bit hypocritical since they read the article in the first place shows at least some inner interest. The Iphone is arguably use by more men than women and face it, Men like farts and boobs at any age, whether they admit it or not. I’m 48, married with grand children and I’ll be honest, Farts and Boobs rock and I appreciate the iLounge reviewing any popular app regardless of its intrinsic worth. In these tough times, everyone needs to smile and lighten up. Ironically, the pictograph I have to type to send this comment is “moral92” LOL Bottom line, if its popular it must have “some” value and Kudos to anyone who can make a buck in this day and age. Wobble the bikini is great for adding “wobble” to the grand kids faces (Wobble doesn’t come with bikinis, you have to get your own).

Posted by John on February 6, 2009 at 3:42 AM (CST)

24

When the iFart or whatever its called came out I thought it was news worthy . I personally don’t have any need for extra flatulence in my life but it does seem to crack up the kids ! So what the hey . But I must admit anything having to do with female anatomy has always been welcome in my home ! So I wouldn’t rule out discreet news flashes . even if it’s just to keep the prudes limber !

Posted by byronchurch on February 6, 2009 at 4:10 AM (CST)

25

I vote ignore. I don’t want anything on my device that might cause a problem in a meeting!

Posted by Aceon6 in New England, USA on February 6, 2009 at 8:18 AM (CST)

26

@ MacToddB,

I’d like to know the name of your app.
I have a granddaughter that I’d like to get some apps for.

ebayscott at mac dot com

Posted by slb on February 6, 2009 at 5:41 PM (CST)

27

The fart apps are stupid. REALLY stupid. You really want to listen to someone fart enough that you are willing to give up iPhone/iPt space for it? Come on over, I’ll make you a couple nice burritos with my atomic salsa and you can have at it. On the patio, off course. I can even recommend a recording app so you can admire your efforts evermore.

As for R-rated (or more), I really don’t care about the app store family-appropriateness issue much at all. My kids are in their 30s and I monitored their exposure to things, as should you—realizing of course that they will see plenty anyway. As I’m sure you did. I know I did.

As an employer, however, I would question the maturity of anyone should I happen to glance their way as they were looking at their iPhone and I noticed apps called SuperMegaUltra Farts and Virtually Naked Jiggly Humans. Or, you know, some such thing. You can notice a lot in a glance, and it would stay there in my brain likely to pop up again at inconvenient times. Inconvenient for you, most likely.

It’s not like you can hide apps, right? I know how to hide my naughty videos and photos, but your fart and jiggly apps are out there for all the world to see and laugh at. And they aren’t laughing WITH you, toots (pun intended, of course).

51 yo female, fwiw.

Posted by Valentia on February 6, 2009 at 6:34 PM (CST)

28

I should add I would support an app store filter—is there not such a thing? That, there should be.

I would also support an app that would hide other apps, but that’s probably against Apple policy, huh? If not, and you now are inspired to make one, I want a nice thank you. :D

Posted by Valentia on February 6, 2009 at 6:38 PM (CST)

29

Oh, and BTW, I’m sick of all these apps.
Don’t say I don’t want people to have the freedom, but the store metaphor is a mess with crap like this.
There has to be a new section to put them in their own category.
If someone has nothing better to do - both developer and buyer - that’s sad, but I prefer freedom unless there’s an obvious line crossed.

Posted by slb on February 6, 2009 at 7:41 PM (CST)

30

The sexist apps appall and disgust me.

Posted by Annie on February 7, 2009 at 11:32 AM (CST)

31

IGNORE! Or better yet, create a Hall of Shame for apps to avoid.

Posted by Jeff on February 7, 2009 at 2:09 PM (CST)

32

I would echo the comments made that you have songs being listed in itunes that are labeled as explicit, if apple wants to make available content thats at best risque, then it needs to sandbox that section of the store, like whata currently done in brick and mortar stores.

For coverage of the apps by media, sure its another resource to view apps and it lets dwvelopers get coverage. The guys who made wobble might come out with a killer app to benifit all.

Posted by Declan on February 7, 2009 at 2:48 PM (CST)

33

Wobbels is actually a cool app, I put it on my iPod and my 3 yearold sons iPod and a we make his dog head bang and patrick’s (from spongebob) belly wiggle. It’s lot of fun and can be used for more than making titties bounce. As for the fart apps,I fart enough on my own I don’t need my iPod to do it for me. Maybe those of us who are gastrically challenged need a fart app so why not let them know about the best ass noise generator in the app store.

Posted by Holy bull on February 8, 2009 at 12:01 PM (CST)

34

I agree with Holy Bull. i think these application, even though they have been created fro obvios smut can be used in a completely different manner, and her example of wobble is a perfect example. Of coarse there will be people who use it for the wrong reasons but these apps just need some imagination.

Posted by Ivan Haynes on February 9, 2009 at 4:23 PM (CST)

35

I have to laugh reading some of these comments. I think people need to relax a bit more and consider these points: Do these apps harm the health of me or my family? Do they in any way affect my livelihood? Do they physically hurt an unwilling participant? I believe the answer to all three is “no”. Farts? Oh no! [gasp] Whoopee cushions have been around time immemorial, and are we really so uptight that prepubescent boys and full grown (maybe not mentally) men can’t have some fun? Here in Toronto it’s perfectly legal for women to mow the lawn topless and our tv restrictions regarding nudity are more lax than in The States. We tend to have a more European outlook on things. The App Store is the only method (besides jailbreaking) of getting Apps on the Touch/Phone, and if these apps aren’t breaking any of the aforementioned 3 points then so what? Relax folks. Apply that to everything in your life and you’ll be fine? Gay? So what! Enjoy and be happy - you didn’t break the three rules. Like covering yourself in cookie dough naked and baking in the sun? Go ahead - enjoy! Life’s too short to have hang ups against fun little diversions.

Posted by Warren Piece on February 9, 2009 at 8:47 PM (CST)

36

Adult industry has been driving innovation since the old days on the internet. iPhone is a new platform and we see a lot of happening on it, many apps are ‘innovative’ for the particular platform. Look at iGirl app for example - in the past there were no 3D models on the iPhone like that.

I’m a 3D artist myself and was expecting for someone to come up with this app. It’s funny, it’s nicely development and it’s spicy! so why not?!

I give my vote for YES

Posted by iGirl Fan on February 11, 2009 at 10:20 AM (CST)

37

Whilst “iPhone Fart and Boob Apps” are not my cup of tea, I see no good reason why they should be excluded. There is far to much sensorship by the governments without us inflicting anymore on ourselves!
Whether one bares witness to the content is in the fate of your mouse, so if you dont like what you might read - dont click it to find out.

Posted by Richard Bartl on February 11, 2009 at 10:52 AM (CST)

38

Ignore them, please. I’d prefer to read about apps that move the needle, not stunt our cultural growth.

Posted by Jeff Warren on February 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM (CST)

39

Personally I think that there should be some kind of filter I personally know a kid who is 10 yo and has an itouch I don’t think he should be exposed to this kind of crapp or maybe instead of a filter a specified PG-13 section that has it’s own chart instead of getting put THE top25 list
Ideally I would like to see all of the bikini apps re moved I heard they took off an app where you shake a crying baby to make him shut up I think bikinis are more innapropriate granted the U.S. Has way oversexed the image of women in general however the app store should be more family friendly I would also agree w/ annie and jeff
That’s my 2cents

Posted by Bob the itouch on April 24, 2009 at 12:59 PM (CDT)

40

I purposely do not subscribe to newspapers and magazines that exploit the female anatomy for profit (that is “sexploitation” - would you want it to be your daughter that men are drooling over?), and I would prefer that the sleaze element would be left off my iphone as well. This type of content is offensive to people of many cultures and religions. As I travel abroad I am saddened to see the exportation of the vulgar and the tasteless by Hollywood and the media moguls of today. It seems that “trash” has become the North America’s chief export. As for me, I am seriously considering switching from my iPhone (which I love) to a less trashy phone. I view programs like these as an unwanted intrusion of trash and an invasion of my personal space. At the very least, Apple should provide a sleaze/trash filter for iTunes and the App Store!

Posted by Tellit on June 1, 2009 at 7:06 PM (CDT)

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