Tag Archive for ‘App Store’

Remember AltStore? ➝

Bill Ottman of Minds recently revealed that the social network’s application was at risk of being removed from the Google Play Store. Their developers pushed a version that removed search, discover, and comment functionality, which was accepted. They also released an update for iOS to match the changes on Android — I suspect in anticipation of similar concerns from Apple.

I’m not too familiar with Minds, I’ve only really heard about it in the past week or so. But from what I’ve seen, it seems fairly tame when compared to very easily discoverable content on Twitter, which doesn’t even seem close to being at risk of App Store removal.

But in my poking around Minds, I saw Bill Ottman mention AltStore — an application and service that smooths out the rough edges for sideloading apps on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. I forgot it even existed.

But now I’m curious about how much of a role AltStore could have going forward. And how welcoming they’ll be to some of these more controversial social applications.

If the folks at Parler or Minds start releasing their apps in AltStore, will Apple make more of an effort to prevent the sort-of loop hole from being utilized? Will there be pressure on Apple to allow apps from non-App Store sources? Will their be similar pressure in the opposite direction?

➝ Source: altstore.io

Apple Merges Gift Card Offerings ➝

There will no longer be a differentiation between Apple Store gift cards and gift cards that are used for iTunes, App Store, and iCloud purchases. Going forward, all Apple gift cards can be used to purchase items through any of their marketplaces.

➝ Source: apple.com

Plex Dash Released ➝

A nifty new app from the folks at Plex — Plex Dash. It lets you get a birds-eye view of your Plex server. You can see what’s currently playing, view graphs of server stats, search your libraries, and more. I was using Varys for this, but I’m going to give this app a try for a bit instead.

➝ Source: medium.com

On Subscription Apps ➝

Josh Ginter:

The fact is that there is a finite appetite to pay for apps (it’s called a “market”). Each person will have a threshold for what they’re willing to pay for apps and services in a given year. Each app and service is vying for a larger piece of that pie. And subscriptions eat into that threshold much, much quicker than one-off $4.99 purchase prices.

Said another way, we’re testing the boundaries of app price elasticity here.

Developers are experimenting with subscription pricing because it seems like a good way to bring some predictability to their revenue. And it gives them an opportunity to try and earn a bit more from each individual customer. The problem for users is that many of these subscriptions are priced much higher than what we’ve become accustomed to.

But those low, single transaction prices were not sustainable for developers. If you want these types of well-designed apps to continue, a few dollars for life just isn’t going to cut it. Perhaps the new pricing is too high, but it will take a few years of experimentation before everyone settles in on what the market can bear. In the meantime, if you feel the need to complain, at least be kind about it. Developers get a lot of flack when they change pricing models and there’s no reason to pile on.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

Varys for Plex ➝

A nifty little utility app that lets you monitor your Plex server from your iPhone or iPad. It can display current activity, user stats, top played media, and more. It offers a lot of the same functionality as Tautulli without the clunky setup process. You simply install it from the App Store, authenticate with Plex, and you’re good to go.

Some features require a $3.99 in-app purchase, but I think it’s more than worth it.

➝ Source: itunes.apple.com

Apple’s Incentives ➝

Matt Birchler, in response to my thoughts on App Store editorials:

If I could subscribe to a feed and read it in Inoreader, it might actually make me more likely to tap the Buy Now button to go [to] the App Store, simply because I’d see more of these articles. If we accept that this would get people like me to check out these apps more often, then maybe it makes sense, but I suspect us RSS users are so small a market that even if we did use this, we’re not valuable enough to warrant the time and effort it would take to build and maintain this functionality.

I agree with Matt that building and maintaining the infrastructure necessary to publish these editorials by RSS is probably not worth the effort. But we could be wrong. It’s hard to quantify the value of influencers within families and groups of friends. And the type of people who use RSS are also likely to be the type of people that friends and family members turn to for tech-related advice and recommendations.

How many sales result from those recommendations? How many more apps might those people recommend if they had a more convenient way to read App Store editorials? I’m not certain it’s enough, but if there was hard data showing that it is enough, I wouldn’t be shocked at all.

➝ Source: birchtree.me

App Store Editorials ➝

Thomas Brand:

It is a shame that some of the best and brightest technology journalists to ever cover the Apple beat, have been hired away by their favorite fruit company and reduced to farming cultivated stories from within the high walls of a private orchard. […]

Technology reporting and the Open Web as a whole has suffered at Apple’s insistence to lock them away.

It would be nice if these Apple published editorials weren’t tucked away inside of the App Store. They should have a proper home on Apple’s website and an RSS feed available so enthusiasts can follow along without having to launch the App Store everyday.

➝ Source: eggfreckles.net

Listen to Audio From YouTube in Castro ➝

This is a brilliant feature in a podcast client. If Castro offered iPad support, I’d seriously consider switching from Overcast. I would love to see this go a bit further, though. A little known feature of YouTube is the ability to subscribe to individual channels by RSS. Wouldn’t it be slick if you could subscribe to a YouTube channel within a podcast client to listen to audio versions of each new video?

➝ Source: twitter.com