ALPICH I really hope you reread this post of yours because there are issues with logic here.
Originally Posted by ALPICH
To answer your points 1 at a time
1) There is still a $99 fee just to allow access to your free software. Check the site:
Standard Program $99
Frankly I don't think you realize just how good this is. $99 bucks to have Apple handle everything related to the distribution of your software free or not is a very good deal.
The Standard Program is for developers who are creating free and commercial applications for iPhone and iPod touch.
(got that at the bottom of http://developer.apple.com/iphone/program/
so I think I can trust it)
2) I am suggesting that Apple should find a source of income that is reasonable and stick with that. Don't slug both the creator and user just to access something that will sell more of their devices. Its just plain stupid.
Do you really believe that at the price of 99 dollars this is going to be a source of income for Apple? No really think about it, frankly it is one of the best deals I've ever seen.
3) No problem. I am sure I will have frustrations there too. But at least I will be able to compile and upload my own software to my own device without having to pay someone for it.
I'm not one to knock the Nokia 810 as I looked seriously at the entire Nokia line up, but they made some engineering trade offs I can't deal with. Now I'm not going to sit here and discount writing your own software, as I've done a tiny bit of that myself, but that isn't the market Apple is after. Frankly if you can't see that the devices are targeted to different markets then you will likely have a hard time understanding the value of the program.
Oh and you must be right about smoking something. I just didn't realise how many people are willing to be slugged so much so many times. And just incase you are wondering. As a programmer I am unlikely to pay for someone to have access to my free APP over and above what I already have to pay for hosting. Also as a programmer who does actually want to make a living
STOP RIGHT HERE!
This issue of wanting to make a living is what makes the Apple program so attractive to programmers. If you really want to make a living then you have to look at the Apple program as if you where a businessman, doing so you would realize there is a big opportunity here.
I thought you might want to know that if I did create an app for the iPhone / Touch I would be passing on every bit of the cost Apple was charging me so to put this into perspective I would be raising my intended cost by 30% just to cover Apples 30% (it would actually have to be a little more than 30% because of course Apple would be slugging the 30% I just put on to cover them).
It might help your case to show a little maturity and expand your vocabulary beyond slugging. In any event of course you will, my good man it is called business. In any event if you don't understand how generous Apple is being with the very low value of 30% then you don't understand distribution.
Also I am going to work out how many copies of my app I think I will sell and dived the posting fee by that. So my $5 app just became $8.50. I really thought people were a little smarter than this. And again Apple love you.
The only person that needs to get a little smarter here is the one you see in the mirror. Of course you price your product to cover expenses, that is how everybody in this country makes money. You claim to be a programmer but it is very clear to me that you did not take any business, economics or math sequences. There is really nothing fancy about business, you just need the right product at the right price to attract the customers. Pricing that product though can be very complex if you are trying to grow a business.
Part of the reason you are getting such harsh responses from the collective here is that you claim to want to make money. Well that is all well and good but then you take a position that would leave you in an environment where it wouldn't be possible. If you want to make money programming you have to hang up the programmers hat from time to time and put on the businessman's hat.