Fernando, you don't know why I would want to create more than 5 free apps? Good -- why not just allow me to do what I want then, instead of imposing an arbitrary limit on my creativity? They're called "personal computers" for a reason. If I want to make 10 free apps, 20 free apps and distribute them to the world, whose business is it but mine? The Google Android Market doesn't impose a "5 free app" limit, nor does the Apple App Store -- why should some entity who is coming from way behind impose such a limit? (Look at the example Mellinger gave.)
Damion, "their willingness to pay developers to replicate popular apps from other platforms is less bribery and more strategic incentive", that's playing semantics...for what else is a "strategic incentive" BUT a bribe by another name? If someone pays me money to something that I wouldn't ordinarily want to do, that's a bribe. Full stop. No amount of Clintonian parsing of the English language changes that fact. And I would normally agree with your idea that they "don't need an arsenal of crappy apps -- they need a short list of great apps" if not for the fact that
1) we still haven't gotten a definition of what constitutes a "crappy app", and 2) MSFT, GOOG and AAPL all use "number of apps in our store" as a measure of success -- if they didn't then none of them would be trumpeting the news every time one of their stores hits a round number of thousands.
Oh but apparently your definition of "crappy" derives mainly from "number of downloads", implying that that metric is also a metric of the quality of an app. Justin Bieber sells millions of albums and is approaching 1 billion YouTube views, but I wouldn't put the quality of his music on a par with (say) Kanye West, Paul McCartney or even fellow YouTube sensations like Esme Denters or Applegirl. Not at all.
And whether you use the analogy of a Don Draper-ish cocktail + tip, or a freakin' hipster's 3 lattes, it doesn't negate the fact that MSFT is asking me to pay $20 for every app above their arbitrary limit, to move a FREE APP. This does not compute.
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