Originally Posted by hmurchison
1. Just how much software do we need? A more salient question. I've used Macs for years and i've never seen a more vibrant market but the issue is more about exposure as the most exciting software IMO is coming from smaller indie development houses.
2. Theft can be defined by any number of criteria. It's purely subjective.
3. If developers refuse to distribute their software outside of the Mac App Store that would likely mean the success of MAS would a given and the value to the developer was great enough to warrant going exclusive. So long as innovative software is available for the platform I see the danger as being fairly trivial.
4. The App Store has delivered 300k apps that are priced so low it's almost beyond belief. The only way to deliver low cost or free apps is a drop dead easy distribution system that thwarts piracy and potentially ads advertising. The more paying customers a developer can attract the less they must charge for their app to cover development and other hard costs.
I doubt 90% of computers run windows. No one really knows what Windows marketshare is and if they think they do I'd love to know exactly how they've accounted for every percentage point.
I'm sure I can determine how many customers Apple lost because of their iPhone and App Store policy to at least a logical degree. Current share price is over 300$ per share and Apple completed a 20 billion dollar quarter. There is no need to become the app police for the entire platform but with the current infrastructure for software delivery and payment processing in place Apple would be fools not to take advantage of a gold mine and some developers would be fools not to hitch to this ride.
In the end H.L Mencken was right. Man doesn't desire liberty he desires security. The app store comes with peace of mind and security by being a walled garden and that's enough for enough people to make it a rousing success.
You make many valid points. Obviously, your opinion is shared by Apple executives. Also, I wouldn't disagree with a "Global Moderator" unless I had good reasons to do so. The most important question is "Why?" as it explains the reasons why things happen.
I have been with the Mac for 22 years which gives me a more substantiated opinion and older age (I am 2 months younger than Steve Jobs to the day).
I have come to the conclusion that Apple's decisions through the years explain its current revival and half-failure as a viable computer platform. I will not disagree with Apple's last quarterly financial results as they say exactly what they do, i.e. Apple sells a lot more computers and the iPhone's profit margin (~ 250%) makes Apple a highly profitable and highly valued company for the time being.
Call me a contrarian. Call me a prudent investor. It's when the sky is blue that one should worry about the storm that will come in the future.
What worries me is the anticipated success of Android phones and how much it will slow down the sales of iPhones in the future. And I regret deeply that Apple has chosen to repeat the mistake it made by not licensing either the original Mac OS or the new iOS. Windows 95 slaughtered Apple once and Android has the same potential. And all of this could have been avoided if Apple had licensed the Mac OS or the iOS. But greed and control lead to Apple's debacle once and history is repeating itself.
I came back to the Mac after 8 years on Windows XP because there are many things to like about the Mac. And because I am a contrarian. And because I want to encourage an innovator, or "the little guy" who struggles, but gives me a better service. But I am not blind to the weaknesses of the Mac platform.
You can measure the success of a business by the number of customers it attracts, or you can worry about the customers it doesn't attract. I belong to the second category. The growth of a business will come from new customers, i.e. the customers it doesn't already have. That's why a business cannot be complacent and must question its past and current decisions.
The Mac App Store strikes me as the decision of an accountant, not a leader or an innovator. The 30% explains everything. Control and greed. Again.