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A New Venue for Indie Films: Your iPhone

The film, a murder mystery from art house director Sally Potter takes place in Manhattan's fashion world and features other famous actors including Dame Judi Dench, Steve Buscemi, John Leguizamo, and Dianne Wiest. "Rage," as the film is called, isn't all that remarkable in and of itself, but the way it's being distributed is: via mobile phones. Choosing to forgo the typical theatrical release, Potter went an entirely different route for her new indie flick: Rage premiered exclusively on the iPhone. Released last week through the iPhone/iPod Touch mobile application Babelgum (iTunes link), the film represents the first ever attempt to distribute a feature film for free by way of mobile phones. In fact, the mobile platform didn't just serve as the place for the film to make its debut - it was the primary distribution channel as well. Will this rethinking of movie distribution pay off? Others are more skeptical. Digital iPhone cheapskates.

So, I’m tracking the success of Tweetie 2.0, which was released yesterday (it is currently the number one highest grossing app on iPhone today in USA).

Digital iPhone cheapskates

I’ve been using it a week and it already has become my favorite Twitter app on the iPhone. I own (and paid for myself) all the major ones. Twittelator, Echofon, TweetDeck, SimplyTweet (which is my second favorite), etc etc. You could build a career on just reviewing iPhone Twitter apps. On appolicious, a great iPhone app review site, there are 4,374 Twitter apps listed for iPhone when you search for Twitter. But what I love is that there’s already a bunch of 1 star reviews in iTunes store for Tweetie 2.0. But it isn’t just people I don’t know on the iTunes reviews who are saying nasty things.

Now, let me get this straight. First, a latte at Starbucks usually costs me more than $3. Me? I love paying for apps. Why? Because when I do that I encourage developers to build more cool apps for me. iPhone App Logos: 10 of the Best and Worst - CIO.com - Business. Cydia “App Store” now officially open iPhon. The much talked about Cydia Store (that we reported on last week) is now open and ready for business. It is not a separate application – just an update to Cydia that adds in the ability to purchase jailbreak apps within the program. Initially the Cydia Store is using Amazon Payments, but there are plans to support Paypal very soon (later this week according to a recent post from Cydia’s developer), good news for the majority that use PayPal.

This would seem to be a signal to Apple that people want many of the features that Cydia provides, but at the same time pointing out Cydia to users isn’t something they want to do, lest they drive existing users that don’t know about it towards the service. It’ll be interesting to see how the Cydia App Store performs. Will people pay for jailbroken apps in the same numbers as “approved” Apple apps? Related posts: Cydia opening its own jailbreak “App Store” iPhone Bluetooth file transfer to come to the iPhone soon, courtesy of Cydia. How to Create Your First iPhone Application - Smashing Magazine.

Advertisement Update: 01/10/2012: The original version of this article by Jen Gordon was published in August 2009.

How to Create Your First iPhone Application - Smashing Magazine

It was thoroughly revised and updated by the author in September 2012. — Editorial Team Since the iTunes App Store launched in 2008, over 500,000 apps have been approved by Apple, and thousands more app ideas are scrawled on napkins across the world every day. But question remains, how can a person with limited technical skills create an iPhone app? The good news is anyone can make an iPhone app, it’s just a matter of knowing the series of actions you need to take to make it happen. Does number of app downloads trump consumer engagement? - Mobile. By Dan Butcher October 2, 2009 1-800-Flowers' mobile commerce app Apple announced this week that more than two billion applications have been downloaded from its App Store.

Does number of app downloads trump consumer engagement? - Mobile

But is the number of downloads the most important metric for gauging the success of an application? There are 85,000-plus applications available to the more than 50 million iPhone and iPod touch customers in 77 countries worldwide, and 2 billion downloads is an eye-popping number. "Success measurement for apps is really case-by-case depending on what the goals are for the particular app,” said Kevin Ranford, director of Web marketing at 1-800-Flowers, Carle Place, NY.