The Cost of Being Amazon’s Free App of the Day – BusinessWeek
As a recent free app of the day in Amazon’s Appstore, Shifty Jelly’s Pocket Caster Android app, benefited hugely from the exposure. Sales of the software jumped from 20 per day to more than 101,491 on the day Amazon offered it at no charge. It sounds as if another mobile app developer strikes gold, except for one small detail: Shifty Jelly didn’t earn a dime.
Amazon shares application store metrics with developers, which is how Shifty Jelly knows the download figure. Amazon even calculates the app earnings and says the developer would have earned $54,805.14 based on the 20 percent revenue split it had previously agreed on. But that figure went out the window once Shifty Jelly agreed to be the featured free software.
In fairness to Amazon, the company clearly indicated in writing that by agreeing to be the free app, Shifty Jelly would not earn any revenue from downloads that particular day. According to the developer’s blog, this led to an internal debate over whether to accept the terms or pass.
Strange Random Programming Quote:
Design and programming are human activities; forget that and all is lost. – Bjarne Stroustrup
- 54,805 reasons not to be Amazon’s free app of the day (gigaom.com)
- Amazon’s Appstore: You’ll Make $0 When We Give Your App Away, And You’ll Like It (techcrunch.com)
- Amazon’s ‘free app of the day’ burns developers, company gripes (digitaltrends.com)
- Developer ShiftyJelly: Amazon Appstore “Rotten To The Core” (androidpolice.com)
- Amazon Appstore caught leaving Android app developers unpaid (electronista.com)
- Amazon’s Growing Appstore Problem: Android Developer Relations (readwriteweb.com)
- Amazon Free App of the Day isn’t necessarily good for the developer (slashgear.com)
- Amazon Appstore makes developers unhappy (i-programmer.info)
- Android developer calls Amazon App Store “Rotten to the core” (zdnet.com)
Posted on August 8, 2011, in Article and tagged Amazon.com, Android, Android Market, Apple, appstore, Bjarne Stroustrup, Free software, IOS (Apple), Mobile application development. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.