Cody Willard: The app bubble cometh

Apple Online Store“Remember in 1996 and 1997, when you’d not only heard of the Internet and its wonders, but you’d actually at some point started using that new ‘browser’ technology to engage the ‘world wide web?’ Yeah, the early adopters had already been ‘surfing the Net’ for years and we were finally hitting “critical mass” for email, as the vast majority of Americans were signing up for their first accounts at AOL, Yahoo, and Hotmail,” Cody Willard writes for MarketWatch.

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“And as all these massses of people around the globe started getting on the Internet and realizing just how massive a marketplace it was becoming and then started to see that we’d never consume telephone services, video (TV, movies, and user-gen), fax, and most any other communication or connective technology the same again, the bubbles started brewing,” Willard writes.

“So get ready for the coming app-bubble,” Willard writes. “I mean, come on, you know that even as the early adopters have been using apps and smartphones for the last few years, it’s just now starting to become a mainstream phenonomon. This year some 250 million people will buy a smartphone, up from 150 million last year and on its way to more than a billion people in less than a decade from now. When was the last time you heard growth statistis for a marketplace that blew your mind like that? Yup, probably back when you first started researching ways to invest in the Internet… Whatever you do, get into apps, right now. The app bubble cometh.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “iWill” for the heads up.]


  1. #1 this is the same a-hole that last week wrote an article with the hit-whoring headline “New big brother patent from Apple would kill jailbroken iPhones and invade your privacy”

    #2 this guy looks like a smug douchebag. I dont take advice from smug d-bags.

  2. The only app bubble that exists right now benefits one company and it comes from the hard work Apple put into *both* its SDK and app store models. Without one, the other doesn’t work. Until the developer environments – and by “environment” I mean “way to make apps” and “way to sell apps” comes up to Apple’s standard, this will be a one-party bubble.

  3. Any day now, this Internet thing is gonna go bust too, when every single person on the planet has a blog and lay as much b.s. as one wants while all natural resources are devoted to preserve such precious *content*.

  4. I tend to avoid MarketWatch articles…

    Way too much shoddy journalism going on over there… Especially from Paul Farrell, (who is a classic hit-whore artist in the proud Dvorak tradition) but Cody Willard isn’t much better.

  5. Idiot,
    People buy software because they need it to fill a specific role, this market has been around for decades, applications are not going away nor will they become less popular. That`s like saying you better hurry up and eat, there`s a food bubble coming.

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