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I find amazon excellent. Either by just looking at books I like and seeing what other people have purchased, or creating a wishlist and it suggesting new books.

Apps are indeed terrible. The algorithms are shit because people buy shit, so they suggest shit. Curated apps stores have been tried (on Android) and there are blogs about apps. The problem is that most money is made from these terrible freemium games that are no better than slot machines. So the curators get paid off, or end up promoting the stuff people want (slot machine-like shit)

On the same note, jinni.com before it closed was excellent at recommending movies.

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