Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Apr 1, 2012 12:21 UTC (Sun) by anselm
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There may be 500.000 apps in the iOS or Android app store, but it is fairly safe to say that, for most users, at least 495.000 of them are not really worth looking at, let alone downloading, installing, or running. I'm pretty sure that my phone won't like me installing more than a few hundred apps at a time in the first place, so, as a conservative estimate, out of the 500.000, 499.500 or more are useless to me in any case.
If you separate out the »apps« that are really glorified web bookmarks or exist strictly because somebody wants to sell you something, I don't think the difference to what is in the Debian repository is all that significant any longer in practical terms. Whether there are 999 or only 9 useless apps to every single one that is actually worth my trouble doesn't really bother me a lot.
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