How to prevent the App Store from becoming the Crap Store

How to prevent the App Store from becoming the Crap Store

Summary: Tap tap tap's John Casasanta and Classics creator Phill Ryu wrote a blog post proposing a solution for the  proliferation of crapware on the App Store. They're the creators of Classics, which, after a price reduction from $2.

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How to prevent the App Store from becoming the Crap StoreTap tap tap's John Casasanta and Classics creator Phill Ryu wrote a blog post proposing a solution for the  proliferation of crapware on the App Store. They're the creators of Classics, which, after a price reduction from $2.99 to 99¢, has climbed the charts. It's only been out for a few weeks and has already grossed over $100,000.

Tap tap tap has six new apps in development and are paying the developer rates that are mentioned in the article. Classics is their second App Store hit. Their first app, WhereTo, grossed over $200,000 in a few short months. They feel strongly that they can continue to develop more hits as time goes on and are investing all of their profits back into new app development because of the potential of the App Store.

What many developers fail to recognize is that there's much more to iPhone apps beyond pumping an app out, slapping a 99¢ price tag on it, and hoping for the best. What's also extremely important is marketing and promotion and this is what's led to our success.

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  • They are Free elsewhere

    but these classics have been out for years and free. There are online ebook stores that sell books and GIVE the classics away for free. Oh, and all you need is a PDF reader or any other free reader software.

    I would say that these guys have taken advantage of a free item and made money off of it on people who should know.

    Here's Robinson Crusoe at planetPDF.com from their free book list
    http://www.planetpdf.com/ebookarticle.asp?ContentID=robinson_crusoe
    Maarek
  • The App Store Encourages Crap Development

    I think the biggest problem with the current App Store has little to do with exposure, but rather a great deal to do with rewarding crap. Programs like "Air-O-Matic" or "iFart" represent a tiny time commitment by their developers.

    They are entertaining enough, and cheap enough that people are willing to spend a quick buck. They don't offer anything of value to the platform. If the App store is to thrive long-term, it needs more apps of high quality.

    When developers stop creating quickies and do release high quality apps, I think they will be pleasantly surprised. This works wonders with the games that are currently offered. After all, most game titles in the App Store go for $10 and up. Shoots a pretty big hole in the "must sell cheap" argument.

    For more along these lines see:

    http://www.oak-tree.us/blog/index.php/2008/12/23/iphone-quality
    Rob Oakes
    • The big problem with anything other than 'quickies'...

      I would say that even the games in the app store are quickies. The reason I say this is they're a few short levels of a simplistic game.

      Now on to the real topic at hand, most developers don't have the knowhow to write complete, fullblown applications for mobile devices that are efficient enough to run on the device.

      This is coupled with the fact that the iphone isn't the most powerful smartphone on the market, and writing an application for it is the equivalent of writing an application for a 386; it's tedious, memory restricted and has to be optimized for slower processors. Granted that hardware is faster than a 386, but the restrictions on development are almost identical with how much overhead the OS takes away from actual resources available to the developer.
      Spiritusindomit
  • True but those freebies arent....

    It isn't "Elegant" or squeezed out of Jobs' emaciating
    butt now is it?

    People who don't get warm feeling every time they send
    $$ to Apple or are frustrated by their walled sandbox
    will either Jailbreak their phone or get Android or
    WinMO
    Gnutella