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App Store Not As Profitable As You Might Think?

App Store Not As Profitable As You Might Think?

Posted May 14, 2009 at 7:43pm by iClarified
Lightspeed has published a report which suggests that the profitability of the App Store isn't as high as you might think.

Although it’s hard to come by the definitive ratio of free to paid apps, talking to industry participants I got estimates in the 1:15 to 1:40 range. So that suggests that between 25-60m paid apps have been sold.

O’Reilly recent did a survey of iphone apps and noted that the mean price for paid apps is $2.65. The weighted average price for paid apps is probably lower than this as the median is $1.99 and there is significant price elasticity for iphone apps, but let’s go with the $2.65.

Multiplying this by 25-50m paid apps, that suggests that the cumulative revenue from iphone apps is around $70-$160m. Apple gets 30% of this so Apple has probably made around $20-45m from the billion iPhone apps downloaded. (Note that if you use an assumption closer to $1.50 for weighted average app price, then this estimate drops to around $12-27m).

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App Store Not As Profitable As You Might Think?
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justme - May 15, 2009 at 11:24am
I've always wondered about their infrastructure expenses for the service as well. Significant?
Aaron - May 14, 2009 at 10:40pm
of those Billion downloaded apps, allot of those downloads were free apps, so that improves the odds for Apple to turn over into 30% of every buck
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Richard Hurst - May 15, 2009 at 7:33am
Well i wouldn't mind earning between the lowest figure $12 million to the highest figure of $45 million for basically offering a site/service that host's other peoples hard work??!!!
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