In previous installments I've blogged about Craig Hockenberry's (Icon Factory) and David Barnard's (App Cubby) thoughts on the economics of the App Store.Hockenberry bemoaned the proliferation of "crapware" that higher-priced apps are forced to compete with while Barnard posted actual numbers from the App Cubby bank account.
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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.
Apple has revoked Podcaster developer Alex Sokirynsky's ability to issue ad hoc licenses for his killer iPhone app. Niall Kennedy claims over 1,300 people received provisioned licenses before Apple clipped his wings.
Last week Apple pulled iPhone tethering application NetShare from the App Store without explanation (it's since been posted and removed again) and this week another – less controversial – application has bee pulled without explanation.Over the weekend I was comparing iPhone apps with some friends who were visiting from out of town and when someone suggested seeing a movie I quickly brought up one of my favorite iPhone apps – Box Office (since renamed "Now Playing).
Last night I interviewed Alex Sokirynsky developer of Podcaster on the PowerPage Podcast (he joins in at around the 16:15 mark). It's an interesting listen and I encourage you to check out his excellent app before Apple decides to shut him down.
As you already know I really want a good NFL application for the iPhone. Now that it's NFL season and it would be great to track teams, players and games in progress – especially when you can't be in front of a television.
There's only one official way to get "legitimate" software for the iPhone 2.0 and iPod touch – via Apple's included App Store.
App Store developers are known for finding creative ways to game Apple's App Store for financial gain.In July 2008 crafty developers discovered that changing the titles of their apps to include all spaces and/or special characters would make them appear at the top of the category listing in the App Store.
Change.gov, the Web site of the Obama administration’s transition team, is now available as a Web app optimized for the iPhone.
Despite the recent comments by some iPhone developers on the harsh economics of the App Store, other developers are making a killing by cranking out inexpensive but popular apps.Newsweek's Dan Lyons profiles Ge Wang and Jeff Smith the brain trust behind Smule, creators of four $1 and $2 apps including a virtual lighter (Sonic Lighter), a virtual firecracker (Sonic Boom), a voice changer (Sonic Vox) and a virtual flute (Ocarina).