Google and Apple Dominated App Installs on Android and iOS Last Year

Nope, it wasn’t Instagram or Electronic Arts. While most publishers complain about how hard it is for customers to discover their apps, here are two companies you won’t hear a peep from: Apple and Google. In 2012, the top app publishers by download were Apple on iOS and Google on Android, according to a year-end report published by Distimo, an analytics provider from the Netherlands. Apple, which has a half-dozen apps, earned an average of $7.43 per paid download, the report found, whereas Google made zero from its catalog of 60. In the case of Google, downloads included apps that were preinstalled on the handset.


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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