Tag Archives: app store

Why apps are not the future

The great thing about the web is linking. I don’t care how ugly it looks and how pretty your app is, if I can’t link in and out of your world, it’s not even close to a replacement for the web. It would be as silly as saying that you don’t need oceans because you have a bathtub. How nice your bathtub is. Try building a continent around it if you want to get my point.


Serving at the Pleasure of the King

  1. A developer may not injure Apple or, through inaction, allow Apple to come to harm.
  2. A developer must obey any orders given to it by Apple, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A developer must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Jeff Atwood on the dictatorship of Apple and developers’s acceptance of the situation.

More App Store Economics: Case Study of 10M download game, monetized through ads. How much money?

If we calculate it across the total number of Wooden Labyrinth 3D games downloaded, Qvik has earned a “massive” 0.24 Euro cents (0.3 US cents) per game download. One quarter of one Euro cent, or almost one third of one US cent, per downloaded game. Thats your business case right there.

On making money from mobile apps. Worth reading.

Apple Reverses Course On In-App Subscriptions [Apple Confirms]

According to these new guidelines, existing subscription services such as Netflix may continue to function without offering in-app purchases. Content providers are now also free to charge whatever price they wish. For example, they could offer in-app subscriptions with a premium to cover Apple’s 30% cut for In-App Subscription payments.

Apple revokes its draconian policy for App Store in-app purchases.

RIP Pandora, Kindle on the iPhone (and many other content services)

But Apple is not stupid, so they have certainly run the numbers. And so it seems that they have decided that they now have a platform that is so popular, that the services that can’t afford to pay them 30% are not needed anymore. In fact, perhaps it might be more accurate to say, these services aren’t *wanted* any more.

Another take on Apple’s bite of 30% of revenues from App Store subscriptions.

Apple sets deadline for Amazon’s Kindle app to change

It’s announced that as of March 31st, all apps must make the content they use available for purchase from within the app itself — paying Apple the customary 30% which it receives from every app store transaction.
more on tecca.com

It would be difficult for Apple to justify this new policy in terms of benefiting a user. Maybe that’s why they don’t even bother. The outrage is big this time and I wonder if Apple will just get away with again. Most likely.

The Mac App Store isn’t for today’s Mac developers

One of the reasons the iOS App Store is so successful is that app-buying has become a form of casual, routine entertainment for iPhone and iPad owners. We gladly go and browse the App Store even when we don’t “need” anything at the moment, with the intention of going and spending a few bucks on whatever’s new that looks good.
more on marco.org

The author of Instapaper speculates about implications of Mac App Store for users and app developers.