It is different from credit card history. I don't (and can't) look at my credit card purchase history after a certain period of time. Besides, "Purchase History" is a misnomer. Even free applications show up in the purchase history. I agree there should be an option to delete them for privacy concerns.
I don't (and can't) look at my credit card purchase history after a certain period of time.
But you can't delete/remove it from the credit card company records.
Even free applications show up in the purchase history.
Because it is considered a purchase for accounting reasons - recorded as sale/download even if free since there are expenses involved with housing free apps which coinsides with the number of downloads for each app. You get an email receipt right for both paid and free apps with the purchase amount being $0 for a free app with the emailed receipt.
I hope Apple includes the option to delete apps from purchase history - completely for those so worried about their privacy concerns for an app downloaded they are not proud off, and if a paid app they aren't worried about in regards to their privacy is inadvertantly deleted from their app purchase history and in order to download it again they must re-purchase the app, they must agree not to whine about having to but the app again.
By the same argument, it costs Apple to continue displaying and tracking previously downloaded apps, instead of letting them fall off the end of the accounting cycle (like with a credit card statement). This technically would save them bandwidth and theoretically could save them customer satisfaction. I agree with you that people should have the right to privacy. If their own inadvertent decision to delete an application causes them to buy it in the future, then they won't do it again. Customers will have more liberty, Apple will benefit financially, and they can keep their accounting clutter to themselves.
By the same argument, it costs Apple to continue displaying and tracking previously downloaded apps, instead of letting them fall off the end of the accounting cycle (like with a credit card statement).
The info was already available since paid apps could be re-downloaded without having to re-purchase the apps from the very beginning, and your purchase history with a credit card never "falls off" - never. Most credit card companies have a limit regarding how far you can go back to retrieve a monthly statement, but the purchase history never "falls off".
If their own inadvertent decision to delete an application causes them to buy it in the future, then they won't do it again.
Maybe so, but the habitual whiners and self-entitled will come unglued. I can hear it now - "I just wanted the apps I'm ashamed of downloading not to appear but when I need to re-download such an app that was a paid app, I don't want to pay for it again."
No matter what, proof it is impossible to make everyone happy.
I don't have the time or desire to debate with you.
Is so, then it is quite simple - quit.
...they can keep their accounting clutter to themselves.
I hope they take it all the way with an option for those who are ashamed of any apps they have downloaded - no emailed receipts for purchased apps and no saved record of purchases whatsoever. Accidentally or inadvertantly delete a paid app and if you want to download it again, you have to buy it again without a receipt provided. They can keep the entire accounting clutter to themselves for those who choose the option.
Here is a bright idea which would satisfy both parties...keep the ability to hide apps, but also include an ability to delete apps if one so chooses. Before one goes to permanently delete an app from their account there would be the standard, "Are you sure? Because you'll have to pay for it if you want it again." It really isn't THAT difficult...
Besides your purchase history will be on your credit card statement anyhow under "Apple". Some people use financial software to track their spending habits so they can tag these items with the specific app name(s) if they wish.