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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

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$0 - $10
  18599 votes / 64%
$10 - $20
  3812 votes / 13%
$20 - $30
  1512 votes / 5%
$30 - $40
  554 votes / 1%
$40 - $50
  453 votes / 1%
  1089 votes / 3%
I don't own a mobile device
  2286 votes / 7%
Too much oh god please help me
  505 votes / 1%
28810 total votes.
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

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  • by ducomputergeek (595742) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @12:05PM (#46694943)

    I get MLB at bat premium so I can listen to games radio broadcasts even if I'm travelling. Also have subscriptions to The Economist and WSJ Digital...

    • I get MLB at bat premium so I can listen to games radio broadcasts even if I'm travelling. Also have subscriptions to The Economist and WSJ Digital...

      Oh, that's a good point. I didn't think about that sort of thing - it would up my answer a bit

      I am willing to pay for apps - but, given the success of the freemium model, it's apparent I'm in the minority.

    • by schlachter (862210) on Wednesday April 09, 2014 @01:07PM (#46706019)

      surprised at how many people think it's wrong or stupid to spend money on apps.

      nearly all of them are so incredibly cheap, and some have very good content/design/information/entertainment value.

      it seems that people feel entitled to free apps.

      • by jkauzlar (596349) on Wednesday April 09, 2014 @03:13PM (#46707261) Homepage

        I agree. I've spent more time playing Kingdom Rush for like $3 than many playstation games which cost $60. I'd happily have paid a few bucks for Candy Crush, but it's free. My only complaint is when the game is impossible to defeat without micropayments. It's not even so much the money as the fact that I effectively have to cheat in order to win.

      • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

        I think a lot of people prefer "free as in tracks and spams you all day" apps. They have not yet realized what the real cost is. Developers who do the right thing and simply offer an ad-free paid version often find that the advertising if more lucrative.

        Even though I block all ads I will still pay for ad-free versions of good apps.

        • Yet another reason to hang onto the old Nokia N900. Free as in lots of little things built to scratch an itch or ported from another linux instead of big advertising fuelled applications.
          If you don't have to put a lot of time into writing an application there's little or no money that needs to be made back.
      • by mjwx (966435)

        surprised at how many people think it's wrong or stupid to spend money on apps.

        nearly all of them are so incredibly cheap, and some have very good content/design/information/entertainment value.

        Like most things, a lot of apps just aren't worth paying for. However pointing this out leads to the shrill cries of "what about the developers". It seems the entitlement complex is on the other end, that any piece of crap software requires payment.

        What you're basically saying is that I can't use my own judgements on the value of a product to me. In many cases, it's wrong if not almost criminal to charge for some of the junk I've seen in the Itunes and Google Play stores. I'm a big fan of supporting deve

        • Perhaps you're at a different stage in life, but for many of us, $1 is of no consequence.

      • > surprised at how many people think it's wrong or stupid to spend money on apps.

        The problem is not paying for apps. The problem is paying to a centralized store that is tracking apps you are purchasing and takes money from both sides (customer and author).
        We are supposed to be in a web era, but you can't freely download/buy apps directly from the author web site.

  • For reference, Android household here.

    There haven't been many apps we've felt compelled to buy. I think we still have like $15-$16 of the $25 credit/rebate from Google when we bought the Nexus 7 back in '12 - Titanium Backup and Beyond Pod come to mind as apps I've purchased.

    Other than that, I just haven't seen much of anything I need that I'd be willing to spend even 99 cents on. Also, you can get a free paid app everyday from Amazon. I have gotten some good ones from that, but I'd never pay for them othe

    • I had that; it expired 9/30/2013. I spent ours up (we ordered two, one on my Play account and one on my wife's). I ended up using mine on paid versions of apps I use all the time. She ended up using hers on Candy Crush, I think. *sigh*
    • by Katatsumuri (1137173) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @01:24PM (#46695859)
      • by Extremus (1043274)

        I see some (non reasonable) reasons for that phenomenon. First, it is easier to get disappointed with a 99c app than with a $800 tablet. Second, there is a perception of little value on cheap things.

      • by mjwx (966435)

        "Well it's only a dollar" is the kind of financial wisdom that leads you to spending 1000's one dollar at a time.

        Its the financial equivalent of "death by 1000 cuts".

    • by lothos (10657)

      Android here as well, and I haven't purchased a lot of apps either.

      I spent $3.99 on IP Cam Viewer a few years ago, and it was well worth it for keeping an eye on my home cameras. I also spent $4.99 on the Moon+ ebook reader last night for my new tablet. Great app, and something I'm happy to pay for. Other than a few 99 cent kindle books, that's all I've ever purchased. I still have $10 left of free Google Play credits from purchasing the tablet and no idea what to spend it on.

  • by magarity (164372) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @12:28PM (#46695147)

    I don't install apps with in-app purchases just to avoid the whole problem in the first place. I'd rather spend $5 or $10 right up front and get it all than get hooked for free and dribble out $.99 from time to time.

    • by Kjella (173770)

      Much like premium television, it's often become both rather than either-or, but at least generally I prefer the apps that charge me at least $1 up front - they tend to deliver some of a full experience while the "freemiums" tend to make it grinder hell or impossible difficulty unless you pony up real cash.

    • by khchung (462899)

      I don't install apps with in-app purchases just to avoid the whole problem in the first place. I'd rather spend $5 or $10 right up front and get it all than get hooked for free and dribble out $.99 from time to time.

      So how much have you paid for $5-10 apps that don't have in-app purchase?

      The poll asked for spending on "mobile apps", not restricted to in-app purchase. It is funny too see you automatically assumed it only counts in-app purchase, does that mean you ever only install free apps, so in-app purchase is the only place you had a chance to pay?

      There are other posters saying $1 is nothing so they won't even consider paying it. But if $1 really means nothing to them, they got to have bought a few $1 apps already

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @12:34PM (#46695219)

    This poll would be a lot better if the $0 choice was broken out into it's own option. I would be curious to see how many people spend absolutely no money at all on mobile apps.

    • by rubycodez (864176)

      $0 got me a barcode/QR code reader better than the default, a phone number blacklisting app, and a file manager better than the default.

    • by Misagon (1135)

      ... and that option could be broken out into
      - Those who download only free apps
      - Those who don't see any need for downloading any apps at all

    • This is the only app I have purchased. It allows me to have maps with my GPS with no cell coverage. They have a bunch of in-app purchases of premium maps, but the free ones seem to do everything I need.

      This is a very useful app in that it really turns your smartphone into a backcountry GPS like Garmin.

      Paid for it once, and it installs on my $25 VirginMobile LG Optimus 5 - which I have never activated as a cell-phone. It really is a $25 GPS with a WIFI Browser, Camera, etc.; It also is installed at no ext

    • The $0 option would be labelled "I am THE PRODUCT!"
    • As to not embarrass the people who normally do not pay for an app, except for Angry Birds.

  • I spend $0 on apps (Score:5, Informative)

    by GlennC (96879) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @12:36PM (#46695235)

    If it's not free, it's not for me!

  • Humble Bundle (Score:5, Insightful)

    by LocoBurger (18797) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @12:38PM (#46695269) Homepage

    I chose $50+, pretty much entirely because of the Humble Bundle. Since Geek 2.0 came along, most gaming is on my phone.

    • Damn, I chose 10-20, forgot all about the bundles I've bought. Probably should be the next option up at least, but at least those games I actually own and they don't try to nickel and dime me to death.

  • Don't have any of those so I don't have a vampire attached to my phone or tablet. I do buy the occasional app though. Most recently Carmageddon from a referral from here in fact.


  • Almost Nothing (Score:4, Insightful)

    by MBGMorden (803437) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @01:25PM (#46695879)

    Honestly, there's very little worth paying for (for me anyways - everyone has different wants/needs).

    99% of the time on my phone is spent in one of a few apps: Browser, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Google Music, Google Maps, Tapatalk, and Doggcatcher.

    Only the last two cost money. Both were only a few bucks and were bought years ago. Don't get me wrong I love my smartphone and spend a ton of time using it - I just have never been fascinated with the bazillion "apps" out there.

  • I've added 1 free app.

    That. Is. All.

  • I write my own apps. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Max Threshold (540114) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @01:58PM (#46696281)
    I don't spend money, just all my free time.
  • Several Humble Bundles included Android versions of the games, alongside the PC versions that I actually played. My phone, being an ancient piece of junk by Android standards (Motorola Droid 1, woo!), can't really run most of them, but I have a couple installed. Even counting them all purely as Android purchases, though, I don't think I've spent more than $10 a year.

  • Other than a few apps I bought for my son on his Kindle the answer is $0.00. I have been lucky enough to download the one app I would actually pay for "Swiftkey" on Amazon during a free app day.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @02:49PM (#46696879)
  • WOWZA! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by zacherynuk (2782105) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @03:07PM (#46697081)
    This poll has really surprised me!! Absolutely flabbergasted, to be frank.

    I never plat games on my mobile, not have bought any recreational software, but I do purchase my email client and a few others

    I need my mobile device for everything, Finding the time and platform of the train I need in the morning and half way through a days work to get to another client site, hailing a taxi, scanning wifi networks for strength and channel consumption, scanning networks for open shares, accessing my email accounts and accessing various other things.

    I stopped using any apps with adverts in them 3-4 years ago due to power drain and now run cyanogen with suser for data leakage, but my primary apps are still paid for, if if I don't have them loaded on every device.

    If the people on /. don't see the worth of buying decent mobile apps - what's the point of them other than to advertise and hijack the masses?
    • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

      by Punko (784684)
      I don't use a mobile device. My cell phone is just a phone. My computer at work is for work stuff, my computer at home is for entertainment. My time in between is the time I use to not look at screens. When a mobile app is called for (my wife has a tablet) default apps do the job.
    • by pla (258480)
      If the people on /. don't see the worth of buying decent mobile apps - what's the point of them other than to advertise and hijack the masses?

      I pretty much only use my tablet as a web browser (and in private browsing / incognito mode by default), and occasionally as a test bed for my own apps (nothing published, just for the hell of it). I can get to virtually any "productivity" tool I need via browser, and for the few things I can't, we have RDP. I can also get to more games than I can ever possibly g
    • by Whorhay (1319089)

      I don't personally own any devices for which I would need any of these silly "app" things. However I would expect that enough of the visitors to this site are similiar to my Father.

      My Father has had a fully equiped Wood and Metal working shop for as long as I can remember. Well that isn't exactly right, I can remember helping wrestle the metal lathe into the house as a child. Any time that something broke that he could conceivably fix on his own he did it. When he got into HAM Radio he designed and built hi

    • by rasmusbr (2186518)

      I for one probably spend close to $50 a year on apps and I also "never" buy apps. Except when I need one and don't want to be bothered by ads. Those one-dollar, two-dollar, or four-dollar purchases add up over the course of a year.

      I tend to think of paid apps as lottery tickets. Most end up being uninstalled within a day or two. Some end up being wonderful utilities that I use several times a week.

    • If the people on /. don't see the worth of buying decent mobile apps - what's the point of them other than to advertise and hijack the masses?

      Well let's not immediately lump together people who don't buy apps because they're cheap with people who don't buy apps because they don't need them.

      I probably didn't spend more than $10 on mobile apps in the last year, but at the same time I only do a handful of tasks on my phone. And even then most of those tasks are covered by the built in email, web browser, and m

    • by Yunzil (181064)

      I need my mobile device for everything

      No, actually you don't.

  • FOSS Only (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Rafael Jaimes III (3430609) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @03:59PM (#46697921)
  • The money spent tends to be for the educational apps--had a late addition. Seeing how quickly my toddler has picked up reading and math with the help of a tablet has been amazing.
    • by ThorGod (456163)

      got suggestions on apps? as a developer and uncle to two little girls I'm pretty interested in this avenue

      • by HycoWhit (833923)
        Mine is three, four in August--Endless Alphabet, Sight Words, JumpStart Preschool 1&2, SuperWhy, Tracing ABC, and Kids Number and Math are the ones we like on Android.

        The Ipad has these and more. Before having a kid, I had heard of Team Umizoomi and dismissed it as garbage. For all its silliness--Team Umizoomi was what got her adding and subtracting. By three she was counting 100 and by 3.5 she was doing + and - with anything under 20. The quirky things that make parents happy. :)

        The tablets he
  • by agm (467017) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @05:12PM (#46698841)

    I assume this means New Zealand dollars (as I do for all sites where it doesn't explicitely say). I mostly spend money on childrens' educational apps, probably up to NZD$50 a year.

    • They're nearly the same as the US dollar these days anyway.. With economic growth, a government surplus this year (probably) to be used to pay down debt, and with people there gradually getting the idea that unlimited debt is not sustainable it's likely to stay that way for a while...

  • by chromaexcursion (2047080) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @11:50PM (#46701667)
    I recently bought a $50 app, for a tablet I just bought.
    Not quite what I would consider mobile. Since it's designed to be used without any sort of wireless connection, not really mobile.
    the line in this space are blurring quickly.
  • I'm surrounded by cheap bastards! :)

    99 cents to remove ads is a bargain in my opinion.

  • I have only spent the $20 I got from Google as a bonus when I bought an original Nexus 7. I bought business calendar and smart tools and then after over 2 years of sitting there unused I bought some gems in clash of clans to get a builder.... I wouldn't have ever done that if I didn't have the free credit.

  • Never spend any money on apps.

    I don't spend money on apps because then I don't have to share my credit card info with the app store and therefore any subversive apps will draw a blank when they try to debit my account.

  • I mean, if I sell my dinky indie game-mechanic experiments then I'm spending negative money on mobile apps, right?

  • I have no regrets dropping $10 on FTL on the iPad, even if I already had it on PC. Easily one of the best games I've played on the tablet.

  • I would gladly spend $50 or $100 for a good program on PC, but I am not willing to pay even 1/10th of that for an app on a phone or tablet. The UI on apps and tablets sucks. It takes 10 times as long to do something as it does on a PC. For instance, I am interested in a program like iReal Pro, but I don't want a table or phone version. I want a PC version. I am almost willing to download the Android SDk just so I can run it on my PC, but I imagine the user interface is still going to be a tablet/phone inte
  • I don't buy a lot of dedicated phone apps, however I have bought subscriptions to netflix, spotify, lastpass and todoist in part because of mobile functionality that provides. I've also bought a couple of android humble bundles, plex, beyondpod and a couple of apps to make getting info on and off memory cards via cable easier.

    Whenever I hear people saying they've never seen an app worth paying for it just strikes me as lack of imagination.
  • I chose $10 - $20 in apps, because it really depends on whether or not a new app captures my attention.

    However, I spend much more than that on music and media. Like a song I heard on the radio? Shazam it and buy it. Does someone just remind you of a favorite album from your childhood? Buy it.

    Our first baby was born just a few weeks ago, and lately, I've been buying lullabies, nursery rhymes, and similar music/apps.

    Given how inexpensive apps are, I am boggled at how many people refuse to spend any money on t

  • I haven't paid for any apps but, I've probably spent over $50 this year for books.

Innovation is hard to schedule. -- Dan Fylstra


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