Do you remember, back in the day, when the big players in the Music industry had an oligopoly to distribute and sell music? Everything was in their control, from the artist to the sales process, so they could make billions by selling other people’s music. We know this changed radically and the whole industry underwent a revolution which certainly wasn't peaceful. Could you imagine music labels supporting streaming services without severe pressure and an existence-threatening digital revolution?
Now compare the current situation of distributing and selling mobile apps to the one I just described. Considering the AppStore is the only marketplace where you can publish apps and have commercial success with, isn't it frightening that Apple has full control over the sales process, allowing certain business models and forbidding others?
Isn't it frightening that Apple not only can, but will remove apps they don't like, controlling whether apps will skyrocket in "Top Grossing" or fall into oblivion. It feels like a déjà vu to me.
Ironically Apple stumbled into this powerful position, as they initially planned on having all their apps web based. Over 5 years ago, back in 2008, the web wasn’t ready yet, Continue Reading …