Linked by snydeq on Fri 9th Jul 2010 17:33 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses 10 ways locked-down app store delivery models limit choice for developers -- and ultimately hurts users. The model, best known in the form of Apple's notoriously finicky iPhone App Store, has established an entirely new relationship between software vendors and consumers, one some are calling 'curated computing,' a mode in which choice is constrained to deliver more relevant, less complex experiences. This model, deemed essential to the success of tablets, provides questionable value to developers, undermining their interests in a variety of ways. From disproportionate profit cuts, to curator veto powers, to poor security, fragmentation, and hostility to free software, developers must sacrifice a lot to 'curated computing' to get their wares into the hands of end-users.
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RE[2]: A message to developers
by arpan on Sun 11th Jul 2010 12:41 UTC in reply to "RE: A message to developers"
arpan
Member since:
2006-07-30

The thing is, it is the app store that helps reduce Piracy.

You have to use the App store to install apps (unless you jail break your phone), and that helps prevent piracy.

So, a developer has to choose between complete freedom (for the developer, for the user, and for the pirate), or the app store and the restrictions and advantages that comes with it.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Hardly. Those who really want to pirate apps will simply jailbreak. Where there's a will there's a way, and that goes for things both good and bad. I'm becoming bothered by people blindly taking up the piracy line without really understanding it. If piracy were Apple's real concern, they wouldn't refuse apps just because they compete with Apple's own, or deign to label content objectionable for the user without the user having a say in the matter. It's not about piracy in this case, it's about Jobs' desire to control anything and everything people do. Couple this with jailbreaking, and the app store is about as effective at preventing piracy as most other measures have been, i.e. not very. It may hide piracy better, given that devs are actively discouraged from discussing jailbreaking, but it doesn't eliminate it at all. And now, with jailbreaking as easy as it has become, it's not even just the geeks who can do it. These days it's run an app on your computer, click a button, and you're jailbroken.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

The difference between the android market and the app store is that if you have your android phone rooted (very easy to do), you can pirate stuff directly off the android market. If you jailbreak your iphone, you can't use the appstore, and need to go looking for stuff in other places

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RE[4]: A message to developers
by ichi on Sun 11th Jul 2010 19:35 in reply to "RE[3]: A message to developers"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

The difference between the android market and the app store is that if you have your android phone rooted (very easy to do), you can pirate stuff directly off the android market. If you jailbreak your iphone, you can't use the appstore, and need to go looking for stuff in other places


Pirate as in downloading the non-free apps for free? Shouldn't that be controlled on the market servers and not on your phone?

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