David Pogue reports for The New York Times, “There are now 15,000 programs available on the App Store…”

MacDailyNews Note: Make that “over 18,000,” Dave. We know, it’s hard to keep up!

Pogue continues, “…and so many more are flooding in that Apple’s army of screeners can’t even keep up.”

MacDailyNews Note: Uh, yeah. Sorry, we’ll read ahead next time.

Pogue continues, “I keep meaning to write a thoughtful, thorough roundup of the very best of these amazing programs, but every day that I don’t do it, the job becomes more daunting. (But don’t worry. I’ll get around to it.)”

“For the moment, let’s use a single program as a case study. It’s one of the most magical programs I’ve ever seen for the iPhone, and probably for any computer. It’s Ocarina, named after the ancient clay wind instrument,” Pogue reports.

“The best part of this story isn’t just that someone has turned a cellphone, for crying out loud, into a musical instrument with fantastic expressive potential. It’s that hundreds of thousands of people have bought this program in just a few months–for $1 apiece,” Pogue writes.

“Apple, which runs the store, keeps 30 percent of each sale,” Pogue reminds. “Even so, Ocarina demonstrates that a programmer can make a staggering amount of money from the iPhone store. It’s a crazy new software model that I don’t remember seeing anywhere else.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Citymark" for the heads up.]