One thing that everyone seems to overlook amidst all the discussion about Apple’s App Store being open or closed, being walled within iTunes or freely open via the internet, or being with or without an approval process is that 99% of the applications currently approved and running wild in the App Store are absolute and total garbage.
Don’t believe me? Subscribe to AppShopper’s feed for a single day and read every app that comes through the gates of iTunes. You want a great example of the vast majority of the over 65,000 apps in the App Store? Check out a search for Supafan on AppShopper. 742 and counting “ONE STOP” apps to “get everything related to _________” (fill in blank with celebrity of your choice). Why not make it one app and have it where you buy celebrities to stalk as additional packs to add on to the main app? That would be much better than polluting the App Store with 742 pieces of garbage.
This is the real problem of the App Store. You cannot find anything good unless it is highlighted in the featured section in iTunes (and many of those recommendations even are iffy) or if it’s reviewed well somewhere else. Even then, many of the seemingly useful and well-heralded on arrival apps, like GPush, are praised even when they’re not quite ready for prime time just because they are pieces of shining gold in comparison to the masses of useless, poorly designed apps on the App Store.
*Note: If you are one of the good iPhone developers with a really great product that you’re having trouble getting noticed, feel free to contact me about doing a review.