Why is Apple not showing up the # of downloads?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by joelmejiaganan, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. joelmejiaganan

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    ...and, does anybody know any info about the # of downloads so far for any of the top 25 paid Apps?

    Thanks
     
  2. arn

    arn Administrator
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    they stopped publishing those numbers.

    so they aren't available.

    arn
     
  3. ldkaplan

    ldkaplan Well-Known Member

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    They should...I want to see how much the $.99 flashlight made!
     
  4. jpyre

    jpyre New Member

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    Yeah too bad none of the AppStore flashlights are allowed to auto full brightness...

    Unlike the free jailbroken one :)

    But alas I must give up NES, Flashlight, and Terminal and get to testing 2.1.... :/
     
  5. joelmejiaganan

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    I mean, what's the problem about showing this?

    Next month, when developers start to receive payments we will know if it is worth to get into the iPhone Apps business.

    (thanks and excuse my english)
     
  6. mr_zorg

    mr_zorg New Member

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    Because it's information that is potentially sensitive to the developers. Let's say, for instance, that an app is listed as having 23,000 downloads. Since you know the app is listed at $9.99, quick math will tell you that 23,000 x $9.99 = $229,770. Since we know developers get 70% and Apple gets 30%, that tells us the developer made $160,839 off the sales of that app. The developer probably doesn't want you knowing that! Nor does Apple want you to know their cut of the action was $68,931. I'm actually rather surprised they published it in the first place. Somebody probably just didn't think about it. :)
     
  7. dugbug

    dugbug Active Member

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    perhaps they could add download ranking for the category.

    I also think they need one more level of categories. Games list is only going to get much much worse. And Apple, make a category for Jirbo while you are at it (shees).

    -d
     
  8. BulletDev

    BulletDev Well-Known Member

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    I sure wish they would enable this again.

    Maybe they could have it so us developers can choose whether or not to show downloads......
     
  9. PoV

    PoV Well-Known Member

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    Then it'd be a safe bet that most wouldn't. For both reasons.
     
  10. VeganTnT

    VeganTnT Moderator
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    I didn't realize that!

    After Touchgrind was released I went to check out the site of Illusion Labs/Codify and I saw they had a "# of downloads" banner for Labyrinth located here: http://labyrinth.codify.se/

    so is the info not public anymore?
    or is this banner not real?
     
  11. nattylux

    nattylux Well-Known Member

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    Devs know their own download numbers. It's just no longer public to the rest of the world.

    Everyone gets daily sales reports from Apple, so every morning we know how much we sold the day before. And since Labyrinth has a running ticker, they probably have code in their app that notifies them as soon as someone opens it for the first time. That way, they have real time stats.
     

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