It seems a lot of different bloggers have made running commentary about the fact that the iTunes App Store has nothing but Fart and Burp Applications on it. That Apple’s boasts about the number of available applications is meaningless, because so many of them are useless apps. Is it really true?
For a while, it seemed that the top 10 applications download lists showed a lot of these types of applications, but then, for less than a buck (or free), that didn’t seem like a big surprise. But how does it really break down?
Well, today there are more than 65,000 available applications in the store. Of those, about 475 of them have “Fart” in the title or description. 115 have “Burp” in the title or description. Even if you assume NO overlap, this is still only 590 applications out of more than 65,000 – or just under 1% of the applications. Not exactly an overwhelming segment of the market, is it? Also, taking a look at the top 25 paid and free applications today – there weren’t any fart or burp applications at all. A few less-than-useful apps, to be sure, but no fart or burp apps. The “fad” has passed.
The notion that the App Store is nothing but useless applications really gives no credit to some of the amazingly useful applications that have been written. It gives no credit to the games apps that, even Nintendo admits, are putting a dent in their market. The App Store has made it easier to buy and install applications for your mobile device than any system before it. And with that comes higher visibility as well. Despite problems like the inconsistent review process, the App Store has made a huge impact on the mobile application marketplace. And it keeps on growing.
Don’t get me wrong – no one needs 600 applications that make rude noises, but I’d hardly say the app store was “nothing but Fart Applications” either. But that doesn’t make for very interesting headlines, does it?