Hip-hop star T-Pain's personal brand is based on his signature synthetic, modulated sound. It's the product of his unique use of the Auto-Tune audio processing technology developed by a company called Antares Audio Technologies.
The sound has earned T-Pain fame and fortune and Auto-Tune is now a prominent fixture in today's hip-hop music. It's also currently a prominent fixture in Apple's App Store thanks to T-Pain's new I Am T-Pain iPhone app.
With more than 70,000 apps available to download for the iPhone, Apple's App Store doesn't really do enough to help users find what they need.
Unless you know exactly which app you want, then searching for new apps can be a slow and frustrating process. I've been taking a look at the App Store, as well as a couple of alternatives for discovering new apps...
According to estimates in a recent report, around $200m in iPhone apps are sold each month in Apple's App Store. The same report pegged the amount of money generated by app sales in Google's Android Market at only $5m.
But one company that develops apps that are sold in both marketplaces, Larva Labs, suggests that the gap between the iPhone economy and the Android economy may be even greater.
The reason? Despite producing Android apps that are ranked well in the Android Market, that have been featured by Google and that sell for $4.99/each, the company only managed to make $62.39/day on average from Android app sales during the month of August. As Larva Labs' Matt Hall writes, "Very difficult to buy the summer home at this rate".
It's a good to be an independent developer. The number and variety of
development platforms on which to build has exploded over the past
several years. From the iPhone to Salesforce to Facebook, opportunity
knocks at every turn.
But if you're an independent developer, choosing which platform to
develop for can be a difficult task. Many developers today decide to
develop for the platforms that seem to offer the quickest path to
The Federal Communications Commission is investigating Apple and
AT&T after Google's Voice iPhone app was rejected for inclusion in
the App Store.
The justification: the FCC "has a mission to foster a competitive
wireless marketplace, protect and empower consumers, and promote
innovation and investment".
In 1963, McDonald's reached a significant milestone that it would go on to proudly promote: 1bn hamburgers served. The milestone was achieved a mere 23 years after Dick and Mac McDonald opened the first McDonald's restaurant in California.
But in the internet age, 23 years is an eternity. Just ask Apple. It announced yesterday that it had hit an impressive milestone of its own: more than 1.5bn apps downloaded in the App Store's first full year.
The day many iPhone developers have been waiting for has arrived. Yes, I'm talking about the availability of adult content on the iPhone.
Thanks to the iPhone 3.0 OS, which includes parental controls, the App Store has its first officially sanctioned app that provides adult content.
Companies like Nokia were in the mobile phone business long before Apple but with the iPhone and App Store, Apple has been able to eclipse larger rivals in the innovation department.
Today, Nokia fired back at the App Store with an app store of its own: Ovi Store.
Getting an app approved on the iPhone can be a tough task. And it's currently all but impossible if your app is a little too sexy or just plain demented.
But all that may soon be changing when Apple launches version 3 of the iPhone OS.
A lot has been made about the significant amounts of money some of the most successful (and lucky) iPhone app creators are making.
The lure of instant fortune has turned iPhone app development into a get-rich-quick pursuit for thousands of developers who all hope that the App Store does for them what it has done for the most successful app developers.