Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Do you want an app with that?

As far as we know, there is no app out there to change a lightbulb, but you can rest assured that some developer is probably working on one right now. The huge, monster, out-of-the-park success of Apple’s App Store means …

Tue, Feb 16, 2010, 10:05

   

As far as we know, there is no app out there to change a lightbulb, but you can rest assured that some developer is probably working on one right now.

The huge, monster, out-of-the-park success of Apple’s App Store means there are now applications for absolutely anything you could possibly want to do with your iPhone or iTouch. Of course, at least 97% of the apps are a complete waste of time – you only have to look at some of the stuff in the Top 25 charts to see that – but the market is growing because the demand is there.

After all, I didn’t think I needed games like Traffic Rush, Flight Control or iBasketball, recipes from Whole Foods (slightly better than my usual idea of Googling whatever ingredients in the kitchen to see what comes together), Wallace & Gromit cartoons, the Byline RSS offline reader or the B&W Camera app until I actually downloaded and started to use them.

I even occasionally use the much maligned A Bike Now app (much maligned especially by those who had the excellent unofficial Dublin Bikes app until it was yanked from the App store and who seem to have now made it their mission to diss the official app every time it’s mentioned), though I don’t think it’s the app’s fault that there’s never a bike on Talbot Street when you need one.

Beside being Pancake Tuesday and Mardi Gras, today is also App Day at OTR. Point and click at your favourite apps, music or otherwise. Tell us about the apps you’d design if you had the skills, the patience and the time and there may be a developer looking for an idea who has a “eureka” moment. Share what’s on your iPhone.

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