I normally don’t listen to podcasts, but lately with work, school, projects, and assignments, reading blogs hasn’t been a time priority for me. I’ve started subscribing to a few podcasts by developers that I can listen to while commuting, doing housework, or running errands. Developing Perspective has been one of my favorites lately, and I stumbled on a past episode that is a MUST for Our Code readers who want to go the indie route in developing apps. In the episode Nobility of Effort, David Smith discusses the business of making apps for the iOS App Store specifically. Even if you don’t want to listen, you can read the great synopsis that follows the episode here.
Here are a few gems from the episode worth mentioning:
- The App Store has become more efficient. Trying to gain an advantage is more difficult because as the supply for apps go up, the prices fall. This equates to less revenue for indie developers.
- Smith discusses diversification, or creating a variety of apps for various uses. Expanding your audience by having a portfolio of apps for consumers to choose from helps.
- There’s too much hype about being an indie developer. We shouldn’t let the hype trump stories of real-world experience. The often difficult process of getting an app to market is not discussed as often as the rare successes of those who make bank.
While I think developing for mobile is important, the business side of making money from apps continues to evolve. Smith also lists some great articles I think we all should read (if time permits) about the market for iOS app development as well as the downfalls of being an indie developer.
App Store Pricing Models: What has been left out of the discussion by Stephen Johnson
The Price of Great Software posted originally on Anxious Machine
Why I Left Indie Development by Nick Bradbury
My verdict? All newbie developers should have an app they have developed as part of their portfolio of work. Creating apps for convenience regardless of whether or not you intend to market them for profit doesn’t hurt either. However, if you plan to go into app development career-wise, it would help to judge and weigh your chances of success as with any other business venture.