As pretty much everyone in the Mac universe knows by now Sparrow, the well-designed, lightweight email client for OS X and iOS has been bought by Google.
There’s a lot of rage and disappointment going on about this, but I think Kyle Baxter has a great take on this:
This problem, though, has to do with the App Store’s structure. The fact is when charging for upgrades isn’t possible and isn’t expected, it’s difficult to make an application like Sparrow and succeed. Very difficult. We should spend our time trying to solve that problem, so more small developers can make a living building well-made, useful, focused applications on these new devices.
The App Store model is great for consumer’s, but it sucks for developers trying to make a living. Apple needs to get on this asap.