We don’t need another app store

Let’s start this year with an adaptation of the lyrics to Tina Turner’s We Don’t Need Another Hero.

Out of the OS domination, out from the wreckage
Can’t make the same mistake this time
We are the children, the last generation
We are the ones they left behind

And I wonder when we are ever gonna change it
Living under the corporate control till nothing else remains

We don’t need another app store
We don’t need to know what we can watch
All we want is life beyond the closed in

Looking for something we can rely on
There’s got to be something better out there
Web and free sharing, its day is coming
All else are castles built in the air

And I wonder when we are ever gonna change it
Living under the corporate control till nothing else remains

All the children say, “We don’t need another app store
We don’t need to know what we can watch
All we want is life beyond the closed in”

So what do we do with our lives?
We leave only a mark
Will our freedom shine like a life
Or end in the dark? Is it app store or nothing?

We don’t need another app store
We don’t need to know what we can watch
All we want is life beyond the closed in

All the children say, “We don’t need another app store
We don’t need to know the way home
All we want is life beyond the closed in

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7 Comments

  • Then why are we downloading all these apps :)

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  • Morgan Roderick says:

    Distracting format for a blog post :p

    Power Users might not need an app store, but there are still a lot of users out there that never buys software

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Nuno,

    Ah, but that doesn’t necessarily make it good, right? :-)
    In all honesty, I think one big reason for the numbers of apps being downloaded is that there is no other way to install any app.

    Morgan (and Nuno),

    I agree that users who aren’t, well, like us need a place to find information. But just as with the web, how do they manage to get along there?

    I’m open for some sort of portal to help users and find apps. What I’m totally against, though, is the control that Apple has with their app store, where you as a user can’t choose what to install.

    Also, what really gets to me is that they that they completely control the content, and decide what should be available. For instance, take their “no sexual content” thing – all consistent, unless you were a company like Playboy, and then it didn’t apply…

  • Robert,

    I am not saying that they’re right, mostly I agree with you. But it’s a fact that there’s a lot of people out there that never buy software, and thus there’s a lot of money to be made from them.

    Apple have always been good at identifying untapped markets, and most competitors have been trying to emulate Apple.

    I don’t think more app stores (Apple or non-Apple) is the answer to anything, but I don’t really see anyone else trying to solve these problems (and make billions) with any real success.

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Morgan,

    Absolutely, couldn’t agree more. I’d love to see someone come and seriously compete with Apple here.

  • Matey says:

    Indeed we need ! Even a Microsoft one !

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