Saturday, November 6, 2010

Application Store "Hall of Fame"

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!!

46 comments:

  1. I would love to have an app in the hall of fame!

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  2. Interesting stuff. hard enough geting in the app store as it is.

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  3. Wonder how the selection process for apps work. It must feel great to have a place in the hall of fame.

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  4. Without apps iPod's would not be fun...

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  5. Who would pay $20 for an app!?

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  6. I also use Facebook and Evernote on my mobile phone

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  7. I've never used an app before. lol i dont even have a cell phone.

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  8. I hate Apple's lack of transparency. Why can't they just tell us what we need to do to get in that hall of fame?

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  9. Kewl story, bra! waiting for updates from you

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  10. It's too expensive ! but thanks for the info

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  11. oh dear apple? theres tons of great apps waiting to step up, sadly it wont happen :(

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  12. great post & really awesome blog :)

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  13. apps are what makes ipods and iphones what they are

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  14. Hall of fames a good idea though, but i'm sure just the popular ones we already know will fill it up :(

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  15. 1 in 5,000 is a hell of a lot better than the odds of other app stores.

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  16. Plants vs. Zombies was the best iPhone/iTouch game ever! Thanks for this post, gonna check out Homerun Battle 3D and Carcassonne right now! :)

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  17. I assume they took the most influential - the most copied games and the ones that made lots of money for Apple;

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  18. I loved plants vs. zombies. Cut the rope's real fun too

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  19. plants vs zombies is so addicting!

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  20. Nice tips, thanks for sharing, looking forward to seeing more!

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  21. with that many apps, it's about time they got something like this.

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  22. nice, although I'm not an Apple fan.

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  23. So it's going to make very famous apps even more famous? Nice marketing idea.

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  24. i like apple products , its so awesome , thnx for this post

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  25. thanks for info, should see my blog :)

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  26. great info ! didn't know about it.

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  27. I hate Apple apps, they're such a ripoff

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  28. thats really interesting.thx for sharing

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