So as many of you know, I was far from impressed when I first heard of the plans for Tweetie 2 as a brand new app, rather than an update to the original Tweetie app. Since then, I ‘ve learned a lot more about exactly what options iPhone developers have in this area, and what Apple allows for and so forth “ and about how the decisions about Tweetie 2 were made by its developer, who I got a chance to interview recently.
Last night I read another post that offers some good thoughts on this whole subject, from the perspective of not just an iPhone developer “ but a guy who ‘s been involved in developing and publishing excellent mobile apps across all the major mobile platforms for a number of years. Marc Tassin, from Ilium Software, wrote the post “ and he ‘s a guy I have huge respect for “ so I ‘ve read the post several times over.
Here is a slice of Marc ‘s post that gets to the heart of the matter:
Under most software sales models the reseller offers a way for us to charge a reduced amount to existing customers for the upgrade. I mean, nobody wants to make you buy the whole application twice. This is one of the real problems with the iTunes App Store. Not only does Apple not give us a way to charge for upgrades, they don ‘t give us a way to charge less to our loyal customers.
The problem is not Tweetie “ the problem is that Apple hasn ‘t offered a long-term sustainable development environment and until Apple improves this, folks like Tweetie are going to pay the price.
I still feel frustrated and unimpressed with this whole approach to app upgrades and the lack of any ability to treat loyal customers in a way they deserve to be treated “ but I feel frustrated with Apple for creating this situation. This strikes me as a subject that should ‘ve been thought about right from the outset of the App Store, and certainly should have much better solutions available by now.
I was also interested to see the thoughts on this issue that were shared at TUAW ‘s live chat session with devs about the App Store earlier today “ more on that later. I think posts like Marc ‘s “ which provide a great developer ‘s perspective “ are a big help in educating not just me, but a lot of users on this subject.
Check out his full post HERE.
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