Small iPhone developer Tapulous sees big success

Holiday Apple Blowout IV“iPhone app developer Tapulous says its sales have approached $1 million a month, providing fresh evidence of the growing success of start-ups designing programs for Apple Inc’s mobile device,” Gabriel Madway reports for Reuters.

“Tapulous — with a mere 20 employees — said its “Tap Tap Revenge” game series has now been installed more than 20 million times, with more than 600 million total games played,” Madway reports. “Earlier this year, research group comScore said the game had been installed by one-third of Apple app users.”

Madway reports, “Tapulous generates sales by charging for some games, through ads, and by selling songs through its games.”

Full article here.


  1. “…Tapulous says its sales have approached $1 million a month…”

    Good for them.

    I hope all developers are able to achieve such success. However, I am well aware of the fact that Capitalism only provides equality of opportunity, whereas socialism only promises to provide equality of outcome, but never has.

    Before you flame me, turn your brain on and think about it.

  2. @fandango – you don’t recognize socialism when you see it. The App Store is socialist to the core. If everyone could load apps onto the iPhone from any source, that would be capitalism. It’s only the socialist constraints that Apple has imposed: fair share to the producer, support to producers, guaranteed functionality and quality to the buyer, and a trusted transaction system that allows the blooming of the creative spirit, rather than crushing it like music companies have historically done to musicians. True capitalism would be dog eat dog with danger at every turn. Don’t see it at the App Store.

  3. @fandango: capitalism only provides equality of opportunity

    No! At root, capitalism is NOT about ‘equality of opportunity’ but more fundamentally, it is about freedom of choice.

    You have the freedom to choose whether you will stay in bed all day or get out into the World, to identify and pursue an opportunity for your personal benefit.

    However, mechanisms to provide equality of opportunity are required where freedom of choice is somehow interefered with or prevented. Hence the moves to curb monopolistic corporate behaviours in the business world and the equal opportunity movements in society in general.

  4. @lurker: you stated: @fandango – you don’t recognize socialism when you see it.

    Well lurker, I say to you: you don’t recognize an astute business model when you see it!

    The App Store is NOT socialist to the core.

    The story starts on the pavement as you have freedom of choice over whether or not you should buy an Apple product that is designed to connect to a sophisticated eco-system like the App Store.

    In creating these structures, from hardware in the hands of a consumer to its virtual shopping mall complete with controls over content and behaviour, Apple has done nothing more than what a bricks and mortar store would normally do. Each of these physical stores vets its suppliers to determine whether their offerings are appropriate to offer for sale to customers and in this respect, their policies do often extend to protect the customer’s property and well-being from damage.

    In this way, Apple in its inimitable style has made it very difficult for rogues on the fringes to mess the system up with viruses etc while at the same time, allowing those who are happy with its eco-system to thrive in ever creative and profitable ways.

    But at all times, the consumer has the freedom of choice to write off any expended time/money and walk away from Apple’s eco-system. Likewise, a supplier also has the freedom of choice to walk away at any time.

    The best part of this business model is that Apple’s competitors can only enter it on Apple’s terms and to its ultimate benefit (wouldn’t you like to reap a benefit from your competitors efforts?). And if instead they choose to compete against Apple for the SAME customers, they are ‘taxed’ with having to re-create a better more enticing offering in the face of a formidable incumbent in the market…

  5. @ting – I meant no criticism of Apple. I think the whole App Store idea and implementation is great. It just doesn’t have anything to do with capitalism, the political ideology.

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