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iPad Monomania Hits Mobile Developers

Of all new mobile app projects started in the past three months, 22 percent were intended for Apple’s (AAPL) iPad. This according to new research from mobile analysis firm Flurry Analytics, which claims the still-unreleased device has generated more interest among developers than Google’s (GOOG) Android and RIM’s (RIMM) BlackBerry platforms put together (see chart below; click to enlarge).

Over the last 60 days, Android’s share of new project starts has slipped to 10 percent from 18 percent, BlackBerry’s to one percent from four. Which is not to say that interest in these platforms is diminishing, just that enthusiasm for the iPad is running particularly high.

Quite simply, more developers are building more apps for the device. Indeed, the rush to develop for the iPad has even affected the iPhone, which, though it continues to rule the market, saw it’s share of app starts slip to 67 percent from 78 percent.

For mobile app developers, the iPad land rush has begun in earnest.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work