First off, everyone knows I’m not Rich.
I wonder if Rich (and people who share his name) get this app for free or at least for a discount.
I’ll back up; so by now, you’ve probably heard about the “I Am Rich” iPhone app that popped up briefly a couple days ago in the App Store. The app costs $999.99, which apparently is the highest price allowed by Apple and provides the following:
The red icon on your iPhone or iPod touch always reminds you (and others when you show it to them) that you were able to afford this.
It’s a work of art with no hidden function at all.
And it also includes a mantra to help you stay “rich, healthy and successfully”.
When this story surfaced earlier this week, I thought it was a hoax. Apparently, it’s real. Apple took the app down shortly after the blogosphere got a hold of it, but even so, it seems that eight people have purchased this gem (pun intended).
What’s not entirely clear is if these eight Richs intended to do so. This iPhone screen-grab has been circulating the Intertubes, so who knows if these are valid numbers.
All this begs the question: Did Apple do the right thing when it pulled the “I Am Rich” app?
As with all good debates, viewpoints differ; I tend to agree with Jason Kottke. Because the app didn’t (apparently) violate any of Apple’s terms for the App Store that it should have been allowed to remain.
What do you think? Find the comments and contribute your two (or 99,999) cents.