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Apps Per Seller Across the US iTunes Categories

Measured in terms of number of unique apps, the Top 5 categories in the U.S. app store have been Games, Books, Entertainment, Travel and Utilities. But comparing categories in terms of number of apps doesn’t capture the challenge of developing applications in different categories. As I noted in an earlier post, it’s much easier to develop a Book app than an interactive game.

One crude measure for the relative complexity of developing apps across categories is to compare the number of apps per seller. The Top 5 categories in Nov/2009, were Books (17 apps per seller), Travel (6 apps per seller), Education (4 per seller), Reference and Sports (3 per seller). There were also 3 apps per seller in the Games and Entertainment categories in Nov/2009:

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(†) Data for this post was for through 12/10/2009, and covers the U.S. iTunes App store.

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  • Luis Alejandro Masanti

    quote:
    “Books (17 apps per seller), Travel (6 apps per seller), Education (4 per seller), Reference and Sports (3 per seller). There were also 3 apps per seller in the Games and Entertainment categories in Nov/2009:”

    This is quite questionable.
    >> Books: I can have one reader app and thousands of titles. It still is One App;
    >> Travel: Same as above, One App for “info on [fill city name]“. OK, they have to build this info so, they can be touted as different apps.
    >> Reference: this began to make sense as different apps (in the sense of the info of travel).
    >> Sports: Every sport has a difference kind of stats and info… they can be different…

    • http://radar.oreilly.com/ben/ Ben Lorica

      Luis,

      I think you captured the essence of my post:

      But comparing categories in terms of number of apps doesn’t capture the challenge of developing applications in different categories. … One crude measure for the relative complexity of developing apps across categories is to compare the number of apps per seller

      Some ebook publishers do have a separate app for each title, same thing with some of the Travel apps.

      Regards,
      Ben

  • Cecilia

    Top 5 categories in the U.S. app store give us the important information. Yes, Smart Phones PDA
    changes the mobile life greatly.

  • Susan

    There are so many iPhone travel apps out there today it can be confusing. Call me old-fashioned, but in my opinion there is nothing more effective than using a good travel guide. Before a trip it is always best to check out an online travel guide like http://www.twitter.com/dozentravel. There are now so many iPhone travel apps on the market that people will stop looking at the scenery and enjoying their vacation, instead they’ll be using their smartphone to find out info, text, check emails, flight news and whatever else. We managed quite well without travel apps and iphones.

  • cletus days nelson

    i love your book