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If I was tasked with creating a system that only benefits those ALREADY doing well in the app store, and hurts indie developers I would come up with exactly what they're proposing.

I really hope this doesn't get implemented. There's low hanging fruit that could really help with the discoverability issues:

  More categories
  Better search (the matching is crap)
  More curated lists
  GET RID OF THE GARBAGE (old, broken and outdated apps should be removed)
Fixing those issues, and making a trial/paid upgrade path for apps would help and make developers happy. Unfortunately I guess there's more money in soaking up some of the ad money companies spend on Facebook. With paid listings expect to see Clash of Clans listed for.. everything

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