The road to application approval hasn’t always been smooth, with apps approved and then pulled, or outright banned on rather shaky grounds, but that hasn’t stopped Apple powering to 100,000 approved apps in the iTunes App Store.
The web site Appshopper.com has counted 102,485 approved applications and 93,659 available.
That’s a mind-boggling number, and unfortunately says nothing about the quality of those applications. Bear in mind that there are many variations on the same theme, and some (a lot) of them are complete and utter rubbish.
Wading your way through the mire to find the best applications isn’t easy, particularly as the user rating system in iTunes is often tainted by overly positive or negative feedback, and it’s just as easy to pick up a horrible piece of software from a big name company as from an independent developer working from his basement.
I’m far from convinced having this many apps in the store is a good thing â€” except for Apple, of course.
Originally posted on October 30, 2009 @ 11:01 am