Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Sat 14th May 2011 15:43 UTC
General Development Application stores are growing everywhere like mushrooms. While users have initially embraced application stores because of the ease they offer with application installation, developers have several complaints. Division of profits from paid application and ineffectiveness of the screening process are among the major issues. Are application stores the best distribution channel possible? Can they satisfy both developers and users?
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App Store are one form of DRM
by dvhh on Sat 14th May 2011 18:02 UTC
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Although less obtrusive, they are one form of controlling the installation on one device by one user.
They mostly include every attribute of a DRM:
- deeply entrenched in the host system
- link a user to a licence (you buy a licence to use the app not the app itself)
And because they appear as transparent DRM, user accept them easily. However if the appstore retire from the market (that will eventually happen one day or another, because the onwer went down or the device is considered obsolete to run its evolution), the device user is on its own.

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