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Why the 99 cent app is killing traditional app publishing
Food for thought from David Barnard on App Cubby around the pricing of mobile apps and the race to zero for purchase price on apps, even with the big-ticket apps and games available for the mobile platforms. But Barnard goes beyond the problems for developers, and suggests this is what Apple intended:
…Apple’s policies and the design of the App Store itself initiated and even accelerated the race to the bottom. It’s clear to me in hindsight that this was either Apple’s intent, or at least something they didn’t actively discourage. To Apple, apps are merely complements to their highly profitable hardware sales.
Where other companies , such as Amazon with the Kindle Fire and console makes like Sony with the soon to arrive PS Vita in Europe and US, rely on additional sales to make up their profit, that’s not the Apple way. The majority of profit is in the handset, and the temptation to buy it is in app ecosystem where you can load up on thirty apps for $20 after your purchase.
More than 45,000 Verizon workers are currently on strike and have been since midnight. The company is demanding more than 100 concessions that decimate 50 years of collective bargaining.
Why should I care? My father is a Verizon retiree who stands to lose his company-paid medical insurance as this is a proposal from management. He worked 35 years and walked miles of picket lines to protect those benefits.
Why should YOU care? Breaking unions has been a top priority for corporate America. And truly, that is what is killing this country. It’s all about the race to the bottom. How can we make everyone’s job low-paying with shitty benefits? It’s no coincidence that the middle class started to slide backward when unions came under attack.
We need a paradigm shift in this country. People need to stop saying: Why should you have that [health insurance, pension, wage, etc.] if I don’t have it, too?
They need to start asking: How do I get that benefit, too?
That’s the only way to stop the slide. Everyone should want more, instead of wanting less for everyone else.