GetJar – Profiting From Free Software

“GetJar is the world’s largest free app store with over 2 billion downloads to date. The company distributes more than 150,000 mobile applications across a variety of operating systems including Android, Blackberry, Java, Symbian and Mobile Web.”

These guys were recently interviewed on CBC. In response to a question about how one could make money producing software for $0, the subject responded that most of the software was supported by advertising and mindshare being leveraged for future business opportunities. GetJar is so big, Apple noticed and warned them not to call themselves an “app store”. They continue to call themselves an “app store”… Chuckle.

Here’s another interview with the GetJar guy,

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8 Responses to GetJar – Profiting From Free Software

  1. Ray says:

    True, but most of them are for regular cell phones. Smartphones won’t be as effected, as they will tend to buy from their app store.

  2. They are a central point of supply a great convenience for the software providers and their customers. Think of a shopping mall for software. They are a great feature for the mobile devices. A user can conceive a need and satisfy it in a minute or so. It’s a great way for a consumer to customize his device without having to know any of the technical minutia of installing software. It’s a simple GUI.

  3. oldman says:

    “Does a successful business based on free stuff bother you? BTW, these downloads are not necessarily Free Software but $0. Advertising and commissions are a legitimate means of making money from a cluster of servers.”

    I take back the I dont care comment. It was a moment of dyspepsia not a discussion point.

    If this were a software commune pooling resources to sell products, that would be another thing entirely. But this is a one off company who appears to be making money of the work of others who choose to offer software for 0$.

    I am impressed that they have monetized free software, but I question what real good they are in the end for the software creators.

  4. If you don’t care, why reply? Does a successful business based on free stuff bother you? BTW, these downloads are not necessarily Free Software but $0. Advertising and commissions are a legitimate means of making money from a cluster of servers.

    I care because I like to see the little guy succeed even in the face of monopolies. Thanks to ARM (small cheap computers), Android/Linux (Free Software and $0), all kinds of software developers, hardware makers large and small, and entrepreneurs have fresh opportunities to succeed in a world where Wintel was locking out the little guy.

  5. oldman says:

    “A billion downloads. How do you explain that?”

    Don’t care.

  6. A billion downloads. How do you explain that?

  7. Ray says:

    Even though GetJar is free, it’s mostly Java apps, so people with smartphones aren’t inclined to get them, and instead use alternate app store, like Cydia on iOS.

  8. oldman says:

    “GetJar is so big, Apple noticed and warned them not to call themselves an “app store”. They continue to call themselves an “app store”… Chuckle.”

    This is no different than sites like tucows Pog. In fact IMHO its more limited than tucows because it only offers free software – a lot of which is crap.

    Perhaps Apple is worried about this, perhaps they are just trying to protect trademarks. In any rate it is doubtful that this site is going to hurt commercial entities.

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