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Finding Your Next iPad Just Got Harder, Thanks To Apple

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01:  People buy the new Apple iPad Air at the Apple Store on November 1, 2013 in New York City. The n
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: People buy the new Apple iPad Air at the Apple Store on November 1, 2013 in New York City. The new iPad, the fifth generation of the popular tablet, is 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the current fourth-generation iPad. It has the same 9.7-inch screen as previous iPads and uses the same A7 processing chip that's in the iPhone 5S. The iPad Air, which went on sale today, will start at $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model and go up to $629 for a 16GB with 4G LTE connectivity. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

If you think that Apple would be fine with a third-party website that lets customers find its products more easily, then you don't know Apple.

Apple-Tracker.com, an unofficial website that helped prospective buyers track where they can find scarce Apple gadgets, was shut down on Wednesday after Apple issued the site a takedown notice.

"I'm not really interested in picking a fight with Apple," site developer Mordy Tikotzky wrote in a post. "I guess it [sic] time to just say good bye."

The bare-bones website checked Apple's inventory to help customers pinpoint where to buy hard-to-find items, such as the very popular gold iPhone 5S. Apple apparently took issue with Apple-Tracker.com because it “scrapes and collects data from Apple.com in violation of the Apple.com Internet Service Terms of Use.”

Given the aforementioned gold iPhone scarcity and Tim Cook's own admission that the unreleased iPad Mini with Retina could be in short supply, it seems like Apple-Tracker.com would have been a rather useful tool during the holiday shopping season.

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