My dislike for application stores, the race to the bottom they enabled, and the myth of it being a great way for small developers to make it big is well-documented at OSNews, so yeah, I couldn’t pass up this story (don’t click the link yet!). Developer Sam Soffes released an interesting application on the Mac App Store, and when he looked at how well his application as doing later that day, he was in for a shock.
For launch, the price was $4.99. I may play with that some over time. I was originally thinking $2.99 and a bunch of folks on Twitter said $4.99 was better. Anyway, Redacted was #8 top paid in the US and #1 top paid in Graphics at the end of launch day. It was also at the top of Product Hunt with 538 up votes! Wow!
This sounds amazing, right? Surely, this is a story of an indie developer making it big, becoming a millionaire overnight. Good feels were had all around, right?
Now read the post.
The race to the bottom is great for end users though.
I find everything I need on the app stores, the quality for the top-level apps are great and they cost nearly nothing.
It’s sad that the authors doesn’t make tons of money, but the willingness to pay for software was never really there. Reality kicked in and now we’re “there”.