Where are the new Killer Apps?
Is it just me or are there no new real killer apps or categories?
Here’s a list of the most downloaded apps from download.com.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2,055,193 downloads Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition 1,275,643 downloads Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 623,225 downloads LimeWire 554,722 downloads FrostWire 503,178 downloads Avast Home Edition 494,921 downloads Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 438,892 downloads WinRAR 309,436 downloads Orbit Downloader 292,884 downloads Camfrog Video Chat 272,978 downloads YouTube Downloader 272,852 downloads Advanced SystemCare Free 259,294 downloads Download Accelerator Plus 206,340 downloads Spybot - Search & Destroy 202,804 downloads VersionTracker Pro 192,401 downloads IrfanView 181,387 downloads GOM Media Player 178,099 downloads Memeo Share 171,840 downloads PhotoScape 169,802 downloads
If I were to categorize the top 20 programs into programs, I come up with this list:
Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware: 7 Apps
Download Software, P2P file sharing: 5
Utility (Zip, Version Tracker): 2
Media Apps (Players, Editors): 3
Chat : 1
Media Sharing: 1
It is kind of interesting, that the most popular apps appear not to be productivity or any kind of applications that help make life easier; They are actually computer maintenence apps. It is like buying a car so that you can drive it to the car mechanic. Computers are there for taking care of humans and for making life easier. But it appears we are spending more time taking care of them.
Of course, the conclusion I am making is kind of flawed; the kind of applications everyone downloads are the most generic ones, anti-virus, mediaplayers etc and there is little wonder that there are no surprises.
But it makes me wonder, where are the brand new category of apps?
Where the new Google Earths, Skype, Napsters of tomorrow? Where are the genre defining applications that change the face of computing?
Maybe it is getting harder to create new categories?
Maybe as someone said, “Everything that could be invented has been ..”
I doubt that though.