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08/11/08 04:22 AM
iPhone News: $1,000 Prank App Sells Eight Copies

Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch features a variety of programs at a range of prices - but even though many games cost $10 or less, and some apps are 99 cents or even free, it seems like there is always at least one user who complains that an app costs too much.

Armin Heinrich says he was simply parodying this fact when he released "I Am Rich" on the App Store at a cost of $1,000. The program does nothing other than displaying a ruby on the iPhone screen. However, the situation didn't seem so funny after the App Store recorded eight purchases for "I Am Rich."

Some users report buying the app by mistake or using the "One-Click" purchase feature, not thinking the purchase would actually go through. In fact, two of the sales have already been refunded, with Heinrich stating that he doesn't mind if the buyers' money is refunded.

Apple has not commented about "I Am Rich" at this time, but it appears that the program is no longer listed on Heinrich's page on the App Store.


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