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The Apple app economy: 100 billion downloads and counting - podcast

The Apple app economy: 100 billion downloads and counting - podcast

SAN FRANCISCO - In just 7 years, some 100 billion apps have been downloaded from the Apple iTunes App Store, with $30 billion paid out to app developers.

Apple made this announcement at its Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) this week here, to wild applause. Is it a good time to be an app developer, or has the interest from consumers peaked?

We sat down with 8 app developers here at WWDC to find out. Our panelists are all winners of the Apple Design Awards, given to state of the art app creators who have pushed the boundaries, for our Talking Tech Roundtable podcast.

At WWDC, Apple debuted a brilliant 6 minute film on the impact apps have made in our lives, featuring director JJ Abrams (Star Trek), the CMO of Citi, director of McKinsey Global Institute and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, "I put it up there with the invention of the microscope," said Tyson.

We followed up on our hour-long podcast, which had panelists from the United States, Australia, Sweden and Austria. We talk the impact of apps in society, the state of the app economy, whether app makers can still get rich coming up with a cool new app, the apps that have changed people's lives, whether women have a role in the app economy and the best new apps these guys just downloaded to their phones.

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Our panelists:

Tommy Krul, Super Evil Megacorp (game)
Joe Birney, Robinhood (investment tool)


Kent Sutherland and Michael Simmons, Fantastical 2 (calendar)


Patrick Smith, Metamorphabe (alphabet game)


Jonas Norberg, Pacemaker (music app)


Klemens Strasser , Elementary Minute (watch quiz)


Matthew Hall, Crossy Road (game)


The Talking Tech Roundtable podcast airs live every Thursday at 8 p.m. on TuneIn, and is archived here, iTunes,SoundCloud and Stitcher. Next week's show: we dive into telemedicine and online health care.

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