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This item is being modified????

12-16-2009, 10:33 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 43
This item is being modified????

Any idea why there are so games in the app store that are "being modified?" This has been happening a lot in the last few days. I understand the lag in implementing prices changes around the world with different app stores, but come on... Has ANYONE her ANYTHING official from Apple?? Is this bug being looked at? fixed? This seems like a public relations nightmare to Apple, or do they simply have too much of our money to care anymore?
And the developer 24 hour deals (like appvent calender, or the recent anniversary freebie of 7 Cities) would get hit the hardest. Is the developer suppose to risk angering their customer base by offering a deal that NOBODY can access, or simple assume that Apple will NOT fix this issue and not offer any promotions at all. Kinda feels like Apple is saying screw you to its developers AND it's customers.
If anyone has actually heard anything concrete about this problem , lease reply, as least that we we'll have somewhere to get answers and to vent.

12-16-2009, 10:45 AM
The "this item is being modified" is the message that you get when an item in the AppStore is being, as the message suggests, modified. This includes such things as price drops, updates, and maybe even description changes. It's not a bug, it's just the lag between when a developer submits the changes to when the new content actually reaches the AppStore in various parts of the world. It's just a side-effect of having a global system. It's kind of unavoidable, even if the time spent "modifying" the item in question might seem outlandish.

However, the content is usually downloadable within an hour or two. So, unless you have urgent business that only allows you to use the AppStore for a few minutes a day, just wait a little while. You shouldn't miss out on any deals; it's why they usually last at least a day.

12-16-2009, 10:55 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 43
i dunno, a few of the "modifications have been going on for 12 to 15 hours (so far!!) this seems like its happening at a weird time with the update problems that Apple is going through right now. Maybe they are related??
12-16-2009, 10:58 AM
Joined: Oct 2009
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i havent experienced this problem many times.
people have said they had problems getting seed for it's decrease to free, but i had no problems

Beta tester of 54 games
Originally Posted by crex View Post
Thats a nice lookin gun.
12-16-2009, 11:02 AM
Just for reference, what time zone are you in? I'm on Eastern Standard Time, and all of the problems with the modification are done within an hour or so for me.

And twelve to fifteen hours does sound like something is wrong. Unfortunately, I'm not really an expert on how iTunes works, so I have no idea where the problem might originate.
12-16-2009, 11:04 AM
It's a normal occurrence, but it seems worse than average at the moment.

I had an email from somebody in Europe who waited 6 hours for a price drop last night. Other than replying "please wait some more" there was nothing I could do.
12-16-2009, 11:14 AM
Joined: Dec 2009
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Originally Posted by Nijo View Post
It's a normal occurrence, but it seems worse than average at the moment.

I had an email from somebody in Europe who waited 6 hours for a price drop last night. Other than replying "please wait some more" there was nothing I could do.
indeed it is normal, but the time it takes some games to be 'available' again has been horrendous the last few days. when elf was free for appvent, i had to wait 14+ hours...
12-16-2009, 11:29 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 11,187
App store has been extra wacky the last couple of days - I've gotten the "modified" message at random it seems, have had entering promo codes dump me back to the home screen, even "the code you entered is not recognized as valid" sometimes (when the same code ends up working 2 attempts later)

Not sure what is up, might have something to do with the change to the new layout (which so far I don't like, too much horizontal scrolling, and you have to click to read the full app descriptions...)

Originally Posted by NickFalk View Post

Worst idea ever!
12-16-2009, 11:30 AM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 24
I'm still waiting for 7 Cities, I've only noticed this problem in the last month or so with the price-drop games. It surely shouldn't take several hours for a price change to populate throughout the world should it ??
12-16-2009, 12:05 PM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 43
I'm in Canada, EST. and I've been waiting for Seed, Bombardiers Guild and 7 Cities. I've been trying 7 Cities and Bombardiers Guild since about 10pm last night!!
Maybe the app store is simply getting overloaded with all the new prices changes and promos recently.
Of course this doesn't help us at all....