Christmas Holiday Boosts App Store Sales, iFart Mobile Triples Sales

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iFart Mobile developer reveals that sales of his iFart Mobile application were boosted over 3x over the course of Christmas eve and Christmas day. MacRumors had previously reported the sales numbers for the #1 spot had topped out at 13,274 units on December 22nd.

    The developer reveals that on Christmas eve sales jumped to 19,520 units and on Christmas day sales shot up to 38,927. After Apple's cut, that represents $27,249 in net revenue for Christmas day alone.

    App Store Link: iFart Mobile, $0.99

    Article Link: Christmas Holiday Boosts App Store Sales, iFart Mobile Triples Sales
  2. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    I bet it's because a bunch of people got iPod touch's and started downloading needless amounts of apps.
  3. Zincous macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2008
    Sacramento CA
  4. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    He got EXTREMELY lucky. Nothing better than having the top paid app, for a cheap price, when everyone clicks on their new app store icon for the first time.

    More power to him though, because he is bringing in some serious money.
  5. Harpo macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2006
    It is a little depressing that this is the top app, isn't it?

    Oh, well. I suppose the developer has brought smiles to many faces.
  6. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    We were already discussing this in another thread before it hit the frontpage:
  7. bobbleheadbob macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2007
    I've been enjoying this app for a week or so. I particularly enjoy letting one rip on the train. ;)
  8. Solitaire City macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2008
    I've seen sales of Solitaire City increase 3x to 4x on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and double in the two days leading up to Christmas and other devs are reporting a similar boost in sales so you don't have to be #1 to enjoy a surprise Christmas present from Apple (although iFart's sales blew me away, no pun intended).
  9. IlanaSense macrumors newbie


    Dec 28, 2008
    Ahh.. so you're the target consumer!

    Couldnt figure out for the life of me who was downloading farty stuff.
  10. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I wonder if the U.S. auto workers should learn to program instead of what they do now. No unions, it will be weird for them at first. Just a thought.
  11. Maxington macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2007
    Oshkosh, WI
    Sounds like the long tail of programming. Selling to unique and small markets
  12. swagi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007

    where the hell are iBurp, iPiss and iBlowUpFrogs ???

    It's definitely time to reassess my image of the 'typical Apple user'.
  13. igazza macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    i can see Steve shaking his head in disbelief :eek:
  14. yoman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    How long will iFart's reign last? Obviously this rate of sales will not keep up.
  15. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Yes, but with a huge grin on his face, as he looks at his bank account.
  16. cloudnine macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at things), the typical iPhone user doesn't necessarily represent the typical Apple user. However, it's definitely a "gateway drug", if you will... and will lead people into the Apple "lifestyle". Be prepared to welcome some douchebags into the elitist computing circle.
  17. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    I set it to go off in 5 seconds, put it next to my sister and waited for the fart sound to come then I pointed at her and said "eew, you farted" and laughed.

    Definitely worth the $1.19.
  18. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    The popularity of this app is the reflection of our society.
  19. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Someone needs to lighten up. Fart jokes have been popular as long as people have been farting.
  20. agentkow macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2003
    Vancouver, Canada
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5G77a Safari/525.20)

    Politics aside, this guy made an app, did it the best, and deserves the money from it. He's not the thousands of people buying it, he probably didn't waste an incredible amount of time on it, and now he can go on to bigger and better things.

    And as for the value of the app, when was the last time you walked past the dollar store and saw a whoopie cushion that was small, compact, installable on something you already own and carry around with you, doesn't even require contact with your victim, has a multitude of different sounds, and was still only 99 cents?
  21. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    I don't know. Farting is a member of an extremely small subset of topics on which every person on earth is involved in, to some intimate degree. Additionally, farts create emotional and physical results in others, which also makes it universally personal, as *everyone* has some sort of connection or memory associated with a fart. That gives it a trait not shared with every other universal topics, such as breathing or rain. Most of the other things in the app store, such as cards or color matching or tower defense or music tuners do not have a connection with every person on the planet.

    But, to say I am overwhelmed with jealousy is an understatement. But, at least I'm not "Pull My Finger", who did the legwork to get fart apps in the store in the first place. He must be terribly upset that iFart made it to the top and he did not.

    edit: the real spyglass on society here is that there's soon going to be a whole category of fart apps. Search the app store for fart, and behold!
  22. ndheah macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2007
    Green Bay, WI

    My wife, one of the most urban, girly girls I know downloaded the free whoopie cusion app for her iPhone, she deleted after a few minutes of walking behind people farting.

    Was a good laugh, but would I(or she) spend money, even $1 on this? Nah.
  23. happydude macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet
    and not only does the developer make a killing by selling a worthless farting app, apple takes home a fair share as well. hopefully this will help apple loosen up on their app controls and let the market, no matter how stupid or worthless something might seem, decide what should be up for sale and what shouldn't.
  24. mrmma macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2006
    Of course, typical to silicon valley, because of the success of iFart Apple will simply incorporate the farting capability into its phones at the next software update, adding that final inscentive to purchase an iPhone.

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