Tweetbot for Mac hits number two on the US Mac App Store
Tapbots finally launched Tweetbot for Mac on the Mac App Store around midnight last night Jakarta time. Sold for $20, the app is arguably rather expensive for a Twitter app since it costs the same as OS X Mountain Lion itself, but considering how elaborate, detailed, complete, and well polished it is as a Twitter client, it’s probably well worth the price for those looking for the best Twitter app on the OS X platform.
Tapbots knew that asking $20 for a Twitter app would be seen as ridiculous by many people so it preempted the questions and complaints about the price by publishing a blog post explaining the entire deal. Essentially the team lay the blame on Twitter for limiting the number of accounts that a third party app can use in its entire installed base. Tapbots even had to ask Twitter users who are using the beta release of the app to revoke permission so other people can download and use the app.
$20 may be very steep for a Twitter app but it seems necessary to deter those who would only use the app casually which means the app will go to those who are super enthusiastic about using Tweetbot for Mac for their Twitter experience. Macstories has a glowing review of the app.
Fortunately for Tapbots, this strategy seems to work rather well. There had been enough buyers in the last 14 hours or so to push the app to number two in the top grossing apps in the US Mac App Store, second only to Mountain Lion itself. Out of the top ten apps, eight are from Apple and sitting at number 10 is Omnigraffle Pro which sells for $200.
What does being number two on the top grossing list mean? It means Tweetbot for Mac has made more money than Apple’s latest versions of Final Cut Pro, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Logic Pro, iPhoto, and Aperture.