Originally Posted by Jason Dunn
It will be very interesting to see where the App Store is in terms of prices a year from now...
To understand the App Store market, you'd have to understand the Mac software market also. Mac shareware is, for the most part, seriously cheap. I think this mentality carried over into the App Store, also. And that story does have one interesting angle: the freetards. There are people who will never be happy as long as software costs more than $0.00 and that's just the way it's always going to be. Trying to please them is a surefire way to go out of business.
Truth is, the App Store is a new market for developers and most of them are just starting to figure things out. I imagine things will change in the future.
One thing to remember, as an aside, is that people will take a risk with software that's under $10 and buy it sight unseen without a demo version. At $20 and more you start running the risk that you'll get hosed. Seeing as Apple didn't see fit to offer demo versions in this iteration of the App Store, keeping prices low, even if artificially, may not be a bad idea after all.
Current Apple Stuff: 24" iMac, iPhone 4, AppleTV (original), 4gb Shuffle, 64gb iPad 2.