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Old November 12th, 2010, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do you pay for your apps?

I have about 60 plus apps. The ones I use are either free or are the free version.

I hear people shell out $$$ for apps and I think that's crazy. Why would anyone do that?

Take Rockplayer for instance.

I use the FREE version. It plays everything I want, I see no reason to "pay" for the upgrade.

However....

Take Backcountry Maps. This, I see I might have to pay for. Unless I can find an alternative.

Do you ACTUALLY pay for apps???


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There are a few apps I pay for, usually only after I have tried the free version to see if it's useful to me. I don't mind supporting the developers who make apps and continue to improve upon them if those apps are ones that I find useful on a daily basis. I can't say I'd ever pay for a game app...but I'll pay for an app to improve the function of my phone.
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I have many paid apps. Some things are good enough that they're worth paying for. If someone makes a quality app and wants money for it I have no issues giving them money for their work.
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I don't have many apps, maybe 20 or so, and the only one that I purchased was Beautiful Widgets. I have no problem paying for an app if it's worth it (IE: setCPU if/when I root) and the developer is constitent with providing updates.
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The only app I regret paying for is bTunes. I paid $1.50 for it and it worked amazing on 2.1. On Froyo, it's buggy as hell and the developer apparently has no plans to update it.....ever. Supposedly he's dead, but that seems to be up in the air. In any case, support for the app is dead and I'm pissed about it. I'm only out $1.50 though so I'll simply pass on the fries at McD's and be good.
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Paying for apps makes sense in many cases.

Tasker, Launcher Pro plus, WidgetLocker....... they all have provided a functionality that is worth the small, one-time expense. I too try out free versions but I prefer to pay for the ones that I use that follow the following criteria:

1. Serves a function I do not have
2. Does something that gives me direct benefit
3. Is updated/supported by the developer

I figure paying a few bucks is a fair trade off for quality app.
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The only app I regret paying for is bTunes. I paid $1.50 for it and it worked amazing on 2.1. On Froyo, it's buggy as hell and the developer apparently has no plans to update it.....ever. Supposedly he's dead, but that seems to be up in the air. In any case, support for the app is dead and I'm pissed about it. I'm only out $1.50 though so I'll simply pass on the fries at McD's and be good.
I bought bPlayer and it has worked fine on 2.2 and on MIUI. What issues were you having?

I have paid close to $200 for apps so far, and don't seem to be stopping any time soon. It's all about supporting the developers, getting rid of ads, and keeping Android Development going strong!
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Of course I pay for apps, if and when they are worth paying for. I don't care if an app is a tool or a game. If there is no comparable free alternative and it gives me functionality I desire, I will happily pay, if the price is right. I also have no qualms about using ad-supported apps. I see far too many people bitching about paid apps...being anti-paid app is a ridiculous stance to take. If you d.on't want to party, don't buy it and either go without or settle for a potentially inferior free alternative (I am not passing judgement on app quality based on cost). Yes, I suppose you could be a dick and pirate the app...but don't. If you can't afford the app then you probably shouldn't have gotten that expensive phone in the first place. But I digress.

BTW, I have a handful of paid apps, but most are free, and I have tons of apps. At one point I was tipping 200, but I have scaled that back somewhat.
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I paid for 19 of my 82 apps. I've got no problem paying if the app does what I want, does it well and the price is right.
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I bought bPlayer and it has worked fine on 2.2 and on MIUI. What issues were you having?

I have paid close to $200 for apps so far, and don't seem to be stopping any time soon. It's all about supporting the developers, getting rid of ads, and keeping Android Development going strong!
For me, it doesn't populate music properly. If I set it to just monitor XYZ folder, nothing shows up. I also get weird FC's on it and it does other buggy things in general.
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if it's a good app then yes, it's well worth the couple of dollars. I've purchased widget locker, launcher pro plus, and beautiful widgets and use every single one of them every day, so it was well worth the cost. If Angry Birds was offered in a paid version, I'd prolly shell out the 99 cents for it to get rid of the ads.
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Ive purchased around 50 dollars in apps. If a good one comes around I don't have an issue paying a buck or 2. The biggest expense I paid for was my root apps like ROM manager. I think that was 5 bucks.
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I paid $20 for Touchdown as it was the only email client that would work with my company's server. Is it worth $20 to everyone? Probably not. There are number of other email apps out there I thought looked better, but not a single one of them actually worked with my office's server.
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I paid for Tasker. And pay monthly for upgraded Slacker (but if they force the social media update on me, that'll be the end of that).

I though this comic about apps was pretty funny.
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There are very few things that are free, I will not pay for an app if there some that are free that do basically the same thing.
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PowerAmp.....I rarely pay for apps...but jesus....this app is freakin slaughtering the music app scene (only in beta with a hyper-active Developer)
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Of the currently 78 apps I have, I've paid for 2 of them (Touiteur and WordFeud).
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Of course I pay for apps, if and when they are worth paying for. I don't care if an app is a tool or a game. If there is no comparable free alternative and it gives me functionality I desire, I will happily pay, if the price is right. I also have no qualms about using ad-supported apps. I see far too many people bitching about paid apps...being anti-paid app is a ridiculous stance to take. If you d.on't want to party, don't buy it and either go without or settle for a potentially inferior free alternative (I am not passing judgement on app quality based on cost). Yes, I suppose you could be a dick and pirate the app...but don't. If you can't afford the app then you probably shouldn't have gotten that expensive phone in the first place. But I digress.

BTW, I have a handful of paid apps, but most are free, and I have tons of apps. At one point I was tipping 200, but I have scaled that back somewhat.
I find it funny that people that complain about paying for apps. are usually the ones also complaining about the adds.

I have paid for quite a few apps. and I have no problem doing so. I've also donated to devs. that make free apps. The cubed music player being one of them. To be honest, I think he should charge money for it and not rely on donations, it's that good.
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i have paid for widget locker, and beautiful widgets. About to donate to alarm clock pro v2 because of the constant updates and great features the dev keeps adding. I am also looking into launcher pro plus because i have been using the free version for a few days now and like it, and like some of the widgets that come with it.
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I pay for apps, gladly.

$2 or $5 for something that occupies my time for even a week, let alone a month or more? common lol

If more people would pay for apps, more dev's would be developing them. More dev's developing them = more higher quality apps

I just tried free version of PowerAmp ... 24hrs in i know i will be paying the $5 for it at the end of the 2 week trial. A lot of work went into it, and i see the value in paying for it.
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^You bring up a good point as well. I had to take a cmpsci class in programing for matlab, and boy i hated it. Coding is one of the most tedious things ever and considering java is about 100 times harder than the stuff i did in that introductory class i have a lot of respect for people that can code and app and have it work correctly. They deserve the money for those apps since no doubt they take hours upon end to make, and even more time to support and keep the updates coming.
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Cost of phone: $200
Cost of monthly charges, over two years: :$2400-2800

We all pay the above amount, with some variances. It's a lot of money.

Complaining about paying a few bucks to extend the functionality, ease of use, or performance of your device boggles my mind. You could spend $20 on apps, and it would still represent less than 1% of your overall budget.

Big picture people, big picture.
(Note: Of course, if free alternatives exist, use them. But supporting devs is a good thing.)
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If it's something I use regularly, and the free alternatives aren't as good, I definitely pay. Heck... $1-5 every once in awhile is practically nothing.

The guys that create these apps can't put food on the table with a good rating only. Paying them helps keep the app around and improving.
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I don't mind paying for some apps - ie: WidgetLocker, Beautiful Widgets, etc. But I don't get why other apps don't have a paid version so in those cases I have downloaded AdFree (removes the ads in AngryBirds, Handscent, etc).

I guess you just have to find a balance of how well a product suites your needs.
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I do, but my family doesn't. When I buy them, I rip them and put them on my wife and son's phones. According to AppBrain, I have $66.78 worth of apps.
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The number one reason I pay for apps instead of finding free ones that are comparable is because if I get a new phone or need to do a factory reset, I get all of those paid apps right back, as soon as I go into the market. Also, adds are annoying, they get in the way and take you away from what you are doing if you hit them accidentally. Also, people complain about not having the same apps as iPhone on Android, well, if I were a developer, I wouldn't want to develop for an OS where people try to cheat the system and get everything for free.
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The number one reason I pay for apps instead of finding free ones that are comparable is because if I get a new phone or need to do a factory reset, I get all of those paid apps right back, as soon as I go into the market. Also, adds are annoying, they get in the way and take you away from what you are doing if you hit them accidentally. Also, people complain about not having the same apps as iPhone on Android, well, if I were a developer, I wouldn't want to develop for an OS where people try to cheat the system and get everything for free.
I'm sorry but your telling me you buy apps so they are backed up? You DO realize there are a dozen better ways of doing that, right?

If the developer releases a free version, in addition to a paid one, how is it cheating three system for a user to instal the free one? (I'm NOT talking about a pirated copy. That is stealing). If the dev thought it was cheating for me to use the free version, why did they release it?

One important factor for me is how the dev positions the paid version. If they say something like "upgrade to the paid version to access these features" I'm less inclined to guy it than if they say "please buy the paid version to support what I do ".
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I'm sorry but your telling me you buy apps so they are backed up? You DO realize there are a dozen better ways of doing that, right?

If the developer releases a free version, in addition to a paid one, how is it cheating three system for a user to instal the free one? (I'm NOT talking about a pirated copy. That is stealing). If the dev thought it was cheating for me to use the free version, why did they release it?

One important factor for me is how the dev positions the paid version. If they say something like "upgrade to the paid version to access these features" I'm less inclined to guy it than if they say "please buy the paid version to support what I do ".
I am not saying that the free versions are cheating or stealing, I know that appbrain and the like will keep the apps you have listed, but I like the ease of google doing it without installing a new app. As for paying to unlock more features, I like the idea cause you "get more for your money". Some apps however, are not worth the money.
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If they say something like "upgrade to the paid version to access these features" I'm less inclined to guy it than if they say "please buy the paid version to support what I do ".
I work in mobile development, 90% of the apps we develop have both a free version and a paid version. (by client request)

The reason is because there are very few methods of promoting a mobile app, as apposed to a website. By releasing a limited lite version it allows so many more people to "test" the app, and then have the option to upgrade for additional features.

This is more effective in the apple app store, since all the free apps get millions of downloads, figure a small percentage will like the app or need the additional features, and they upgrade

Remember, both google and apple take 30% of any money generated even if its by your own marketing efforts!! So you really have to do everything you can to make a dollar out there.
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I upgraded LauncherPro, and then realized ADW is pretty nifty, too. Plus, with LauncherPro, my speed dial doesn't work.

As far as other purchased apps:

Better keyboard
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Android Agenda Widget - Can't remember now why I upgraded, but there was a reason. And I use it daily when I'm running ADW.

Everything else is free, baby, free! I use Loot for my checkbook. LOVE IT! I have the free version. I'm not sure what extra the paid version does, but I'm OK with it just how it is.
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I gladly pay for an app that has the functionality that I need.
So far I have purchased:
Launcher Prod
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Note Everything
Printer Share
Each one of these apps has worked flawlessly for me and I am more than happy to support the developer.
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I have 75 apps on my phone and I've paid for one (Bettercut). I choose to use free versions as much as popular though I don't have a problem at all with the ads as they're easily ignored.
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Yup. I've bought quite a few apps, and will continue to do so. I even pay for the "donate" versions because I think the dev did a good job on the app and should be compensated for his effort.
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The only app id consider buying is launcher pro, but I'm a sense fanboy so.
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usually, you get what you pay for. I don't have too many apps, and the only one I've paid for is doggcatcher. If there's an app that provides functionality and the only way I can get that functionality in a quality way is paying for it, then I have no problem helping out the developer. As a programmer myself, I completely understand needing to get paid for the hours of hard work
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Old November 18th, 2010, 10:27 AM   #38 (permalink)
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I have about 70 apps. I have paid for 5 so far. Tasker(which is not playing nice with CM6), Radiotime, Rom Manager (mainly as a support gesture. I do not use this much), Raging Thunder, and Beautiful Widgets.

I would prefer to not pay for any apps, but I like to support the good ones. I will probably be purchasing LauncherPro, Widget Locker, and SetPCU soon.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 11:36 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I though this comic about apps was pretty funny.
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+1 for paid apps, if there isn't a free version that accomplishes the same functionality. Sometimes I'll splurge on the paid app if the ads are just too freakin annoying too on an app I use frequently.
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