App Store & Zombie Applications
The iTunes App Store – the largest app store in the apps eco system – feeds the IOS devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The iTunes App Store currently holds over 650,000 iPhone and iPad applications. The store is usually touted as a competitive advatange for Apple over other smartphone manufacturer in the market.
However, there’s certainly more to it than what meets the eye.
The German analyst Adeven, originally from Germany, launched the beta version of an application – named App Trace. The new app confirms – after tracking the behavior of the App Store in several countries – that more than two thirds of the applications are zombies, or never were downloaded – not even once. An estimated 400,000 to 450,000 applications out of 650,000 total are invisible to the app users: this is not particularly encouraging for small developers who bet their hopes and dreams on this system. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the research firm reported that there are only a a few thousand applications that get good downloads. Most of the apps are very difficult to search in the closed system of the app store. The only effective way to find applications is through top lists; which cover only the most popular applications. These results of this research are not optimistic for the smaller iPhone apps developers.