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When you hear stories about independent App Store developers becoming extremely successful, you might think that the App Store is a viable business and something that can easily provide you with extra income. But, according to a recent survey by marketing firm App Promo, it is actually quite difficult to release apps that become successful.

The survey shows that “59 percent of apps don’t break even, and 80 percent of developers can’t sustain a business on their apps alone.” The fact that there is over 600,000 apps available on the App Store could be a contributing reason for the difficulties that developers face, since there is limited visibility for the apps that they release. That is, of course, unless they are dedicated to an  extensive — and expensive — marketing pitch.

“Over the years I have seen visibility of applications I’ve worked on greatly reduced,” developer Pat McCarron told Ars. “Right now your app is likely not going to be found if you never break the Top 100 or Top 200 lists. Users won’t navigate forever down the list of top apps to find yours sitting lonely at the bottom.”

Rogue Amoeba’s Paul Kafasis agreed that the App Store has become more of a lottery, and less a chance for small developers to succeed along with well-established companies.

“The App Store is very much like the lottery, and very few companies are topping the charts,” Kafasis told Ars. “It’s a hit-based business. Much like music or book sales, there are a few huge winners, a bigger handful of minor successes, and a whole lot of failures.”

To release an app to the App Store, you must be an official registered developer with Apple, a program that costs $100 to enroll in. Have you ever released, or considered developing, an App Store app?

The widely popular music streaming service Spotify has finally brought their service to the iPad with a native app and the full Retina display experience. Instead of a separate “HD” app like some services release, Spotify has updated their iPhone app to become universal, now including access to 18 million songs in a beautiful way on your iPad.

The Spotify iPad app is here!

Listen to the world’s music collection on your iPad. Enjoy millions of songs in an instant. Love, discover and share music like never before with the Spotify iPad app.

  • Simple to browse and explore the Spotify catalogue
  • Retina graphics for iPad and high-definition album art
  • Search for playlists, users and music – all from the same view
  • Discover what’s hot, and find trending playlists & songs among your friends
  • Inbox grouped by user for easy searching
  • Perfect as your living room stereo – full-screen view and AirPlay integration This iPad app reminds me a lot of Twitter’s with its swipe gesture-heavy interface that involves lots of swiping left to right in order to get from one screen to another. That’s not a bad thing, but I would have hoped to see something a bit more original — maybe a really well-designed app like Rdio for iOS.

Spotify itself is pretty reliable, though they do require that you have a Facebook account to use the service which is kind of annoying. Other than that, there’s a big war between them and Rdio. If you want music, then go with Spotify because they have a far better collection. If you want a better design and far better apps, then I’d personally recommend Rdio any day. But hey, it’s probably best to use whatever your friends do since you’re probably looking to discover some music.

If you already own Spotify for iPhone, then just go update it to version 0.5.0, which brings gapless playback and cross fading to this version, along with two bug fixes. If you don’t own it, then consider trying out Spotify on your iPad. There is a 48-hour trial of the $9.99 per month Premium service, so go discover some music and tell us what you think!

Additional fixes and improvements:
• New: Gapless playback and cross fading.
• Fixed: Offline synced playlists can no longer be removed by the system.
• Fixed: Crashes related to updating playlists or starring tracks.

Apple and Samsung continue to battle it out in the smartphone market, and Samsung continues to hold the upper hand. While Apple continues to hold a strong grip on the American smartphone market, the latest numbers for worldwide smartphone market share show that Samsung is beginning to pull away from Apple in its lead over the iPhone maker.

“The race between Apple and Samsung remained tight during the quarter, even as both companies posted growth in key areas,” Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst with IDC, said today in a statement. “Apple launched its popular iPhone 4S in additional key markets, most notably in China, and Samsung experienced continued success from its Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet and other Galaxy smartphones.”

During the first quarter, IDC research reveals that Samsung remained the number one smartphone vendor in the world with a market share of 29.1 percent, nearly five percent higher than Apple’s stake of 24.2 percent. Samsung shipped 42.2 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter, while Apple shipped 35.1 million iPhones. Both companies have increased their smartphone shipments dramatically year-over-year, with Apple and Samsung shipping only 18.6 million and 11.5 million smartphones respectively in the year-ago quarter.

At that time, Nokia was the top smartphone vendor with market share of 23.8 percent. A year later, it holds a staggeringly lower 8.2 percent stake in the smartphone market. Apple was also still ahead of Samsung at the time, but the smartphone landscape has changed significantly in the past twelve months.

“While Apple and Samsung have taken it in turns to lead the smartphone market over the last four quarters, it seems as if Samsung may now have established a firm lead in this space, shipping 11.8 million more units than the Cupertino, California company in Q1,” Juniper said in a statement today.

Apple has yet to launch the iPhone on the world’s largest carrier, China Mobile, so that could help the Cupertino-based company make up some significant ground in international market share. For now, however, Samsung is winning. Apple might dominate the United States smartphone market, but Samsung is dominating the rest of the world.

As reported by MacStories, Apple today updated its terms and conditions from the Austrian, Greek, and ItalianiTunes Stores to include new information for the iTunes Match service. With this move, the Cupertino-based corporation is bringing iTunes Match to additional countries today, including the three aforementioned and maybe more.

According to Federico Viticci of MacStories, iTunes Match is apparently accepting new accounts from Austria, Greece, and Italy. It is not known if there are other countries receiving the service, but if you happen to see it when browsing around, please let us know in the comments.

iTunes Match is available 37 countries worldwide today, according to a support document published by Apple. It is rumored that the service will roll out in Japan soon as well, but there’s no specified date for it.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, in a recent interview with A New Domain, says that Windows Phone apps are “much more beautiful” than those found on Android and iOS. Wozniak favors the Windows Phone over Android-based smartphones, but still thinks the iPhone is his number one choice.

Just for looks and beauty, I definitely favor the Windows 7 phone over Android.

I’m kind of shocked on every screen — much more beautiful than the same apps on Android and iPhone. So I think that what Microsoft or Nokia did is that they went to some of the key app makers and got them to deliberately make specialized beautiful ones or they put their own themes on. It’s all different.

 

In talking about the elegant design of the Windows Phone, Wozniak jokes that perhaps Steve Jobs was reincarnated at Microsoft and shared some of his great ideas from Apple. Do you think that Windows Phone smartphones, such as the highly touted Nokia Lumia 900, are true competitors with the iPhone?

The Born This Way Ball Tour setlist:

ACT I

Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)
Government Hooker
Born This Way
Bloody Mary
INTERLUDE
Bad Romance
Judas
INTERLUDE: Lady Gaga talks to fans.

ACT II

Fashion of His Love
Just Dance
LoveGame
Telephone
Heavy Metal Lover
Bad Kids

ACT III

Hair (Piano and Studio Versions)
Black Jesus † Amen Fashion
Yoü & I
Electric Chapel
Americano
Poker Face
Alejandro
Paparazzi ( unsure… she didn’t sing it in Seoul )
STAGE SPLITS IN HALF

ACT IV

Scheiße
The Edge of Glory (Piano and Studio Versions)
Marry The Night

 

According to sources of Reuters, Apple is currently working to bring film streaming service EPIX to their $99 1080p streaming box. Such a partnership would mean additional content from studios like Lions Gate Entertainment, MGM, and Paramount Pictures — which, incidentally, created EPIX just three years ago.

Even though Apple is working hard to gain rights for film streaming from EPIX, Reuters’ sources note that things “are in the preliminary stages and no agreement is considered near.”

In the past few months, there have been many rumors circulating about an Apple HDTV set that could make its debut later this year. Some claim it will be Retina, while others add that it could include such iOS functions as Siri and Game Center. I could see Apple entering the gaming scene with such a device, but I’m not sure exactly how things will work since PS3s and Xbox 360s seem to rule that ground right now — there’s really no way Angry Birds can compare if you want to play a real game like Uncharted or Call of Duty, though iOS alternatives and ports have been rather successful.

Other than gaming, it’s obvious that Apple will include iCloud media streaming with their TV set, but there’s still so much that we don’t know about it — how much will it cost, will there be different display options, will there be an “Apple TV App Store,” and so on. For now, feel free to speculate in the comments and tell us what you think the corporation will do to make their impact on the television industry.

Tomorow im haveing my photoshoot 4 my album “I AM THE MONSTER”… So Excited !!! Can Wait !!!