Jon Grall [via Medium]: “With well over 2 million apps by now (officially 1.5M as of July 2015), the iTunes App Store is an incredibly crowded place where itâ€™s almost impossible to get noticed. Despite the persistent myth of the app developer millionaire, itâ€™s extremely hard to make a profitâ€Šâ€”â€Šlet alone a livingâ€Šâ€”â€Šas an iOS app developer. The Google Play Store is a similar story, except with the added bonus of rampant piracy and a zillion devices to support. There really isnâ€™t gold in them hills, at least not anymore, and independent app development will soon be in sharp decline, if it isnâ€™t already.”
We will continue to see this downward trend until developers charge real money for their products and services and users understand they have to pay for those products and services.