The hot topic of conversation lately seems to be the app stores that are popping up for mobile devices. Matthew Miller, on his Smartphones and Cell Phones blog, has a rundown of the terms and conditions at four mobile app marketplaces, which is an important factor to consider in your purchasing, though I’m sure many of us overlook it. I agree with Matt’s conclusions, but personal usage scenarios should play a big role in determining what store is best for you.
One difference between the stores, which I think plays a critical role in determining their app sharing policy, is the use of a PC-based client, such as iTunes for the iPhone. The iPhone + iTunes combination is the key element of Apple’s app sharing policy, which allows up to five devices to use the same apps. I think the other stores should seek to offer a similar option if they want to be truly competitive.