Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Oct 2013 22:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

The French Minitel never ceases to amaze me.

In 1984 the government allowed developers to create services for the Minitel. The government took a 30% cut and passed the rest on to developers (sound familiar?) creating the world's first app store. From a user's perspective using apps on the Minitel was frictionless - you were just billed for what you used through your phone bill.

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How big was this app store? In the nineties it was pulling in over a billion USD a year! This is an astronomical sum when you consider France's population size. Though the crossover point is near, the Minitel in its lifetime paid out more to developers than Apple has to iOS developers to date. Companies would advertise their apps in the subway, on highway billboards, and on television.

Amazing. This could very well be the first application store, something many people think is a new phenomenon invented by Apple.

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by bowkota on Mon 21st Oct 2013 23:17 UTC
bowkota
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2011-10-12

Apple was definitely not the first company with an App store. I'm sure there were numerous small ones out there in the 90s. Apple's App Store however was the first one to be successful on such a large scale and I think it spurred interest from other companies to do so themselves; everyone wins.

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RE: Success
by WorknMan on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 00:30 in reply to "Success"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Yeah, everybody is always tripping over themselves, trying to find some company that did something before Apple. Like how the shitty LG Prada came before the iPhone, so obviously Apple deserves none of the credit for re-inventing the smartphone. I guess that's why all of the iPhone's competitors were in a rush to copy the LG Prada ;)

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by ferrels on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 00:47 in reply to "RE: Success"
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2006-08-15

The only person tripping here is you. Apple hasn't had an original idea since their inception. Even OSX is Darwin/NetBSD with a different gui thrown over the top. Apple is great at marketing and appealing to the herd mentality, but lauding them for copying or re-inventing something, including the smartphone is ridiculous. That's like rewarding an artist for making copies of the Mona Lisa and telling him how great he is for making copies.....get real!

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RE[2]: Success
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 15:27 in reply to "RE: Success"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think you just highlighted the difference between having an Idea and implementing it successfully. Unfortunately, those that actually implement an idea successfully get mistaken for having actually came up with the idea. This is especially frustrating when they patent the heck out of the the ideas and sue those that also implement the same ideas they didn't devise in the first place.

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RE[2]: Success
by BallmerKnowsBest on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 17:57 in reply to "RE: Success"
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2008-06-02

Yeah, everybody is always tripping over themselves, trying to find some company that did something before Apple.


Yeaaaahhhhh, I'm sure that doesn't have anything to do with the fact that Apple fanbois have a borderline obsessive-compulsive need to give Apple credit for every innovation in the history of computing....

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RE: Success
by BallmerKnowsBest on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 17:57 in reply to "Success"
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2008-06-02

Apple was definitely not the first company with an App store. I'm sure there were numerous small ones out there in the 90s. Apple's App Store however was the first one to be successful on such a large scale and I think it spurred interest from other companies to do so themselves; everyone wins.


Seriously? Did you even bother to read the description? By what sort of insane fanboy logic is "over a billion USD a year" NOT a large-scale success?

Sorry, but the standard iFanboy excuse of "but... but... but Apple was the first to popularize it" doesn't really fly here. Time to get some new talking points, son.

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