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posted 2014-02-20 10:41:16 +0300

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I think this is an awful idea that encourages bottom feeding copy cat style app development. Flood the market with shit, and watch the cash roll in.

I'd much rather there think of a way to address the "rich get richer" model where the most popular apps are prominently displayed making them ever more popular. Everyone knows what the most popular apps are, they don't need to be displayed. Fundamentally it is quite difficult to address the problem you mention. How is it justified that say your MegaSoft office suite who've spent 10000 man hours on the software, invested on servers on three continents etc. etc. get next to nothing from the sales of their software, where as the guy who makes flappy birds in one afternoon gets rich off the back of the rest of the community.

The music industry is also quite different to software development. The work required to make one song, compared to another song is relatively constant, the main thing your selling is appearances, at least when it comes to top popstars. the difference in Justin Bieber and the next guy is the name. When your selling software you are selling peoples hard work in making the damn thing not crash, have the right features that work the right way and feel right.

You shouldn't take money away from people for doing that. Think of the message that sends. I suppose you could have a pool of apps that operate in this manner. Developers can sign their apps into that pool should they feel like it. But that is a whole lot different to your suggestion.

I think this is an awful idea that encourages bottom feeding copy cat style app development. Flood the market with shit, and watch the cash roll in.

I'd much rather there think of a way to address the "rich get richer" model where the most popular apps are prominently displayed making them ever more popular. Everyone knows what the most popular apps are, they don't need to be displayed. Fundamentally it is quite difficult to address the problem you mention. How is it justified that say your MegaSoft office suite who've spent 10000 man hours on the software, invested on servers on three continents etc. etc. get next to nothing from the sales of their software, where as the guy who makes flappy birds in one afternoon gets rich off the back of the rest of the community.

The music industry is also quite different to software development. The work required to make one song, compared to another song is relatively constant, the main thing your selling is appearances, at least when it comes to top popstars. the difference in Justin Bieber and the next guy is the name. When your selling software you are selling peoples hard work in making the damn thing not crash, have the right features that work the right way and feel right.

You shouldn't take money away from people for doing that. Think of the message that sends. I suppose you could have a pool of apps that operate operates in this manner. Developers can sign their apps into that pool should they feel like it. But that is a whole lot different to your suggestion.