Quote robinv:Quote onesecondglance:
software - it's a different programming language. that's it.
No, not really. I can't pickup my 24" LCD screen and pretend to drink a pint of guinness with it, i can't rock my keyboard from side to side in order to move items on the screen, i can't bump my tower into another computer in order to exchange a file. It's not just "software" - the software in my washing machine isn't the same as the software in my car - it's all just "software" but it's very different, how it's being used, how it's being sold, what it enables you to do, taking advantage of unique hardware functionality that's no very portable to other platforms - lots and lots of differences.
no, i disagree. it's exactly the same software - there are microwaves and washing machines running on Android, after all. the hardware might have been unusual at the time of the original iPhone - no longer - but that's not what made the app store a success.
all the gestures, touchscreens, accelerometers, and associated other stuff - it's all just different control mechanisms. excellent stuff, too. different from keyboard and mouse. but music tech has had different control mechanisms for ages. MIDI keyboards. control surfaces with faders, potentiometers, rotary encoders. it's just methods of getting information into your device. the control mechanisms aren't what's special about the app store market model. the low-on-features, high-on-gloss, does-one-thing-but-does-it-really-well approach combined with low unit pricing is what's special about it.
good software will always take advantage of the hardware and control options available - just like the apps on your iPad / iPhone / competing tablet or touchscreen phone do. apps existed before those things and made best use of the control options they had (like phone keypads, etc.)
will future devices change form factor? almost certainly. will future applications take advantage of different control systems? count on it. will either of these two things have a direct effect on pricing of applications? not as much as you might think.
hourglass | random thoughts | doubledotdash!? collective