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  • 100,000 Apps on iTunes. So?


    Apple announced today the App Store had passed the 100,000 mark, with more than 2 billion individual downloads in the 481 days since it went online with just 500 applications on July 11, 2008. At the same time, a new study revealed that few of these apps are ever installed.

    Apple was understandably excited about the big numbers. They've made the huge number of apps available on iTunes a centerpiece of their strategy to differentiate the iPhone from its smartphone competitors. Apple’s senior vice president, Phil Schiller, crowed:

    “The App Store, now with over 100,000 applications available, is clearly a major differentiator for millions of iPhone and iPod touch customers around the world. The iPhone SDK created the first great platform for mobile applications and our customers are loving all of the amazing apps our developers are creating.”
    Despite the happy talk, Schiller is aware of, and has responded to, the back and forth between Apple and developers about the seemingly arbitrary and capricious policies governing what apps will and will not be accepted on the App Store. The ongoing Google Voice controversy is another case in point: the growing perception is that designing an iPhone app is a huge risk for developers, who may have to submit and resubmit their apps again and again because they were rejected for reasons that are never clearly explained.

    On top of that, there's a real likelihood that your app just won't sell even if it makes it on the App Store. A study done by AppsFire found that only 20,000 of the 100,000 apps will ever actually be downloaded and installed. Further, if your app is not in the top 1,000 the widest dristribution you can hope for is 1.67% of all iPhones and iPods.

    So if the diversity of applications isn't the competitive advantage Apple says it is, what's the iPhone's killer app? A study from marketing research firm comScore suggests a possibility: touch. Their report shows that the number of touchscreen-enabled phones grew by 159% last year - with a third of that number represented by the iPhone. With arguably the best touchscreen interface out there, Apple is clearly dominant in this area: the next most popular touchscreen phone is the LG Dare, with market share a quarter that of the iPhone's at 8.7%. Android may yet challenge Apple's title, which is why it would behoove Apple to continue improving its interface - with help from non-App Store developers - rather than filling iTunes with more and more apps.

    image via AppsFire
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 100,000 Apps on iTunes. So? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Reminds me of Bruce Springsteen's song "57 Channels" and nothing's on!
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      im gonna go make an app that when you open it all it does is close! 100,001!
    1. lom51's Avatar
      lom51 -
      ok, so you have a 1 in 5 chance of your app being downloaded, somehow i think developers are going to become scarce soon
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      I wonder how many SAPS are out there thinking they could be a developer and create "THE BEST APP EVER !" only to find out they spent the cash and couldnt get a single download .
    1. discostar's Avatar
      discostar -
      Quote Originally Posted by robbpell View Post
      im gonna go make an app that when you open it all it does is close! 100,001!
      LMFAO!

      Seriously though, yeah, I mean, if I'm BUYING apps, teeny-tiny little programs for my phone. I'm only going to buy the top rated ones. Even if it's just 99p.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Apple can promote all they want about the amount of apps in their app store. Fact is a lot of those 100,000+ apps are not being installed for a reason. A lot of them are terrible and not very useful.

      #1 reason I will keep my iPhone for now is the jailbreak community. I am more willing to spend my money on an app that can do something helpful through the Cydia store than one that uses an Apple skinned UI accepted through the App Store.

      If Apple ever breaks the jailbreak and I can no longer customize my phone I would drop the iPhone in a heartbeat and go with an Android based phone. That is a fact Mr. Schiller.

      LockInfo, Cycorder for my 3G, Orbit, SBSettings, Stack, Yourtube, ActionMenu, SpringSorter, StatusNotifier, 3G Unrestrictor, Bosspaper and qTweeter are just some of the Cydia apps I use. Most of these would never see the light inside the Apple App Store.

      Edit: To add if I were a developer I would seriously look into developing for the Cydia store right now. The competition is almost non existent compared to the App Store. At this time if you come out with something decent you could make some serious bucks there.
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      cool apple has lots of apps... right now i could careless...i want a new 3.2 update lol. or 4.0 .
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      A huge part of their problem is the Top 20 Apps. I could care less about a fart app outselling all other apps.

      I would like to see the top apps of all categories.
    1. gladesmellzgood's Avatar
      gladesmellzgood -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      Apple can promote all they want about the amount of apps in their app store. Fact is a lot of those 100,000+ apps are not being installed for a reason. A lot of them are terrible and not very useful.

      #1 reason I will keep my iPhone for now is the jailbreak community. I am more willing to spend my money on an app that can do something helpful through the Cydia store than one that uses an Apple skinned UI accepted through the App Store.

      If Apple ever breaks the jailbreak and I can no longer customize my phone I would drop the iPhone in a heartbeat and go with an Android based phone. That is a fact Mr. Schiller.

      LockInfo, Cycorder for my 3G, Orbit, SBSettings, Stack, Yourtube, ActionMenu, SpringSorter, StatusNotifier, 3G Unrestrictor, Bosspaper and qTweeter are just some of the Cydia apps I use. Most of these would never see the light inside the Apple App Store.

      Edit: To add if I were a developer I would seriously look into developing for the Cydia store right now. The competition is almost non existent compared to the App Store. At this time if you come out with something decent you could make some serious bucks there.
      +1
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      WOw thats a lot of apps, and also i believe a lot of them aren't download
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      The last two apps I got from the appstore was PS Mobile and R.Racing GTI.

      That's an example of how much garbage infests the appstore. Only a fraction of the total number of apps are worth the download, and even PS mobile isn't all that. Mill colour is just as good. It's not like you can put 100,000 apps on your iPhone at once anyway.
    1. PaperCross's Avatar
      PaperCross -
      The only app I have on my 3GS is Facebook. I tried iDisk from app store, but once I got iFile from Cydia, i dropped iDisk in a heartbeat. Without the JB community, i would have dropped the iPhone too.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I agree a lot probably have not been downloaded. I hate how itunes is now if you are looking for a new app anyways. I can't believe how it is now to find the game categories.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      iPhone sucks out the box so jailbreak/unlock make u love it who has the time in a lifetime for 100,000 apps to enjoy?
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's a lot of apps. But more apps are doing the same thing. For example there are 10+ apps for twitter and facebooks.
    1. almolinet's Avatar
      almolinet -
      The mass's want quantity when they can get quality at a fair price.The intelligent prefer quality over quantity, therefore Cydia over, but not instead of the App Store
    1. A Dizzle's Avatar
      A Dizzle -
      i think 100,000+ apps is sort of ridiculous, they should take out the 70,000 that are completely terrible and have no downloads.
    1. FURBY8704's Avatar
      FURBY8704 -
      they should have filters that start deleting apps that show inactive downloads after a long period of time....that will clean up the garbage...but i bet they could care less about the garbage they have...as long as they can claim "Over 100,000 apps and going" lOL
    1. 55rebel's Avatar
      55rebel -
      Just one more reason why many app developers for the iPhone develope for jail-broken iPhones, instead of itunes' app store.

      This is an email i received from G***.****e app support:
      [names disguised]

      Hi,

      We have solved the reflow problem you were referring to. It was a bug in G***R****r. The fix will be released with the nearest update.

      However, please read the following very important news about updating.

      !!!
      IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT USB FILE TRANSFER.
      !!!
      PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY!!!
      Recently Apple has contacted us about our USB file transfer feature explaining how this feature violates a number of Apple's rules. They insist on instant removal of USB file transfer feature from G***R****r app. We are not in the position to disobey Apple on this issue. So you will see an update of G***R****r app available in iTunes very soon. Please note that once you update your copy of G***R****r, you will not be able to use USB file transfer with G***R****r any more. So please decide for yourself - if USB file transfer is really important to you, AVOID UPDATING G***R****r in the future!!!. The latest version of G***R****r that will allow USB file transfer is v.2.3. Once you update it to ANY later version, you will loose the ability to use USB file transfer with G***R****r, probably forever. We're truly sorry about this, we believe that USB file transfer feature makes everybody's life much easier. But it's Apple who sets up rules, not us, and we must follow those rules.


      Best regards,
      Y**i S*****f
      G***.****e Support Team


      THEY ENCOURAGE IT!!!


      Peace
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      so? so who cares. most apps are probably the lite or free apps anyhow that are a waste!