Search the iOS and Mac App Stores in a Browser

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There are many reasons to hate iTunes. It is slow, bloated and many of its functions are performed far better by iTunes alternatives. You may like to consider switching to one of these alternatives. Unless you are chained to iTunes ecosystem and don’t have any other  choice but to use it.

While browsing for iOS apps, there are some great third-party options. These apps make the process much easier. One of the best being the aptly named App Store.

The App Store for iOS and Mac is a  great place for finding new apps for your Apple devices. But its search algorithms are not the best. iTunes doesn’t have advanced features and many people don’t care about software at all. Thankfully, you don’t need to deal with iTunes to search and browse the App Store.

Many people don’t know this,but Apple’s official website offers you a way to browse the iOS and Mac App Stores in US catalogue. You can look through different sub-categories. Those categories are split into Productivity, Books, and Games.

Search results appear as a list and you can choose to expand the screenshots of all the results. So you can see what these apps have to offer. For each search term, the search results also appear to be limited to 100 apps.

As the App Store is not affiliated with Apple, tap on the button to open up more info on that app. The app will launch the browser-based iTunes page. You can either choose to move to your iOS device and search for that specific app or can launch iTunes from there.


since desktop users have to go through iTunes to actually install the app. You might be wondering why bother using this web app?

The website is easy and simple to use. You can specifically search for iPad, iPhone or Mac compatible apps. And can filter those results by the last ratings, price, and update. You can also limit your search results for age restrictions or specific categories. The ability to filter your search results is most significant to free apps only.

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