What are the odds of your application making it into Apple's newly launched App Store "Hall of Fame?" Roughly one in five thousand – not exactly encouraging for an aspiring app developer, but still a coveted target that many will be shooting for as the App Store swells past its current size of roughly 250,000 different titles.
Apple recently launched said "Hall of Fame" with nary a flourish of publicity, only a new link to said listing—featuring 50 applications that Apple, for whatever rhyme or reason, has deemed the best-in-class—displayed on the App Store section of its iTunes gateway.
The company isn't spilling any details as to how apps get on (or off) the list, so it's unclear whether the Hall of Fame is anything more than a popularity contest, or whether user reviews play into the equation at all, or whether Apple is merely throwing darts at a giant listing of apps on the wall, et cetera.
In all sincerity, the Hall of Fame is indeed populated with apps that longtime App Store followers would expect to see in such a listing. The ever-popular Angry Birds game joins Flight Control, Homerun Battle 3D, and Carcassonne as some of the must-have downloads on the games side of things (and don't forget Plants vs. Zombies either, just released for the App Store this year.)
Non-gaming apps include Facebook, Evernote, Pandora Radio, and the Nike+GPS application that allows one to track where exactly one goes on a typical running excursion. These apps, and many more, aren't exactly secrets on the App Store. They aren't inexpensive either.
Of the 50 applications and games listed for download in the Hall of Fame, a mere 13 come free of charge. The title of, "Most Expensive App" within the Hall of Fame goes to Shotzoom Software's Golfscape GPS Rangefinder, a $20 application that allows you to virtually plot your distance from various features on your golf course of choice.
To check out this, and the rest of the 49 apps and games that Apple deems awesome, click on this iTunes-friendly link to enter the hallowed, digital gates of Apple's App Store Hall of Fame. Go ahead and check how many you have!!