Are smartphone app stores better than the ‘Pass’ line at Craps?

Here’s why the App Store game is great for the handset manfuactures but useless for the majority of developer and entrepeneurs. From the NY Times on releasing an app into the iTunes store before Christmas.

 Mr. Barnard and his small team have built apps like Tweet Speaker, which reads Twitter messages aloud, and Mirror, which turns the iPhone screen into a mirror with the help of the front-facing camera. “If we can get that snowball rolling and get it right, we can ride the momentum,” he said. “We’re going to give it a shot.”

I’m sorry, but releasing an app should not be a “gamble” in any sane and proper world. Bah, humbug.