Apple tracking web service Apple-Tracker, that was basically a handy Apple inventory tracking system was shut down after Apple issued it a DMCA site takedown notice. The unofficial Apple tracking website scraped the product data from Apple’s website and easily let you know the various inventory availability details especially about the new iPad Air and iPad Mini.
The site thoroughly checked Apple’s official website and provided you with stock availability updates of the new major Apple products including the iPad Air and iPad Mini. The webapp only checked the in-store pickup availabilities and would also let you know your nearest destination for getting a specific device.
“I’ve deciced to turn off the site. I’m not doing this because I want to, but rather because I received a DMCA takedown notice from Apple.
I’m not really interested in picking a fight with apple so….. I guess it’s time to just say good bye.
Before I go though I just wanted to says thanks to all of you for the nice comments and emails that you’ve sent in the last few weeks.
It was fun while it lasted,” says Mordy Tikotzky, a site developer.
The site shutdown was a result of Apple’s successful DMCA complaint against the site for ‘scraping’ data which its TOU agreement also strictly forbid.
“You may not use any “deep-link”, “page-scrape”, “robot”, “spider” or other automatic device, program, algorithm or methodology, or any similar or equivalent manual process, to access, acquire, copy or monitor any portion of the Site or any Content,” says the Apple TOU.
Apple should actually be thankful to the site which is technically responsible for a major portion of Apple product sales but it seems like abiding by the rules was their best move here. Another website was also recently shut down with a similar cause.
The site recently got a lot of traffic after the arrival of new Apple products. For many, it was the best and the only way of checking Apple stock availability.
Apple cut down its major indirect traffic by this law. Maybe what they intended was that the people will directly log on to theur website for product information. Although it can be annoying for many, but it seems like Apple is not giving us options here.