Five Years in the App Store

David Smith:

For years prior, I had looked at the indie developer as a mythical creature: something you could read about, but out of reach for most people. The road I’ve traveled has been long. I’ve had countless late nights, disappointments and trials balanced almost exactly with elations, successes and growth. I’ve met some of my best friends during this process. I don’t know what the next 5 years will hold for me but if it is anything like that last I can’t wait.

It’s pretty obvious that the past five years of the App Store — first on the iPhone, then the iPad, and then the Mac — have forever changed software sales and distribution. What Smith makes clear is just how much the Stores have changed software for indie developers, whether they’re a small company or a single person.