Raise the minimum price of the App store and raise the quality of Apps?
James Stoup has a way of cutting through the static surrounding issues and getting to the heart of the matter. The issue James is taking on at Apple Matters? App Store suckiness. The opening paragraph sets up the rest of the article:
I find it ironic in the extreme that Apple, a company whose foundation is built on the idea of selling high quality products, would create a store whose very design kills high quality products.
If you’ve been following the controversy about cheap apps in the App Store you know the problem: How can a company invest in producing an app that will sell for more than a few bucks when that app has to compete against apps that cost .99?
James has a novel solution: set a minimum price for apps and make that minimum $4.99. As a consumer it probably sounds like crazy talk, as a developer it likely sounds like nirvana. As an iPhone user user you’ll be better off if you read the article at Apple Matters.
The minute you regulate a free-market economy, you kill it. Don’t insult the intelligence of the market.
Personal example: I tried “free” VNC iPhone clients - all pretty poor compared to the rather expensive and excellent Jaadu VNC.
The market knows you get what you pay for.