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Is the Apple App Store a Casino? 542

An anonymous reader writes "Fast Company takes a look at the Apple App Store and concludes that it's a casino where most developers are making tragic losses and a tiny few are striking it filthy rich. The article discusses a new book exposing the App Store millionaires, called 'Appillionaires,' which compares the psychological effects of a hit app on a programmer to a gambler's high. One millionaire programmer explains the intense feeling of being in the top-ten: 'The App Store had established some kind of intravenous connection to my body and was pumping me full of Apple-branded heroin.' But, the piece warns, the majority of developers fail to make any return on their app."
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Is the Apple App Store a Casino?

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  • by tylersoze ( 789256 ) on Wednesday November 02, 2011 @01:48PM (#37922970)

    I'm reliably making money from the App Store, $75000 (on the side, in addition to my day job) in the last year and half actually. How? By writing apps for all those people that think they're going to get rich from App Store. I'd say probably 10% of my clients have made any money from their apps. Personally I don't try to feed their notions, I just produce the best product I can for them, and they can worry about making money from it, I'll take my money upfront for the coding thank you very much. I always turn down the projects where they want to do "profit sharing".

    I do laugh at the guys that make me sign an NDA before they show me their super secret idea. Dude, ideas are a time a dozen, somebody's probably already thought of whatever idea it is you have.

  • by Archangel Michael ( 180766 ) on Wednesday November 02, 2011 @02:03PM (#37923196) Journal

    OMG OWS needs to know about this, and Occupy Apple Store.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 02, 2011 @02:52PM (#37923856)

    you can take that "30% take" and shove it up your ass. there shouldn't be a walled garden to begin with and all you clowns went along and got in bed with apple anyway. way to ruin computing.

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