1. markbw13's Avatar
    Which do you prefer? Paying for apps up front or having them be free with ads?
    05-29-2015 12:29 PM
  2. mikeo007's Avatar
    If the price is reasonable, I almost always prefer to pay and have no ads.
    That being said, ads don't particularly bother me, however micro-transactions drive me insane.
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    05-29-2015 01:11 PM
  3. markbw13's Avatar
    Yea ads have never bothered me for some reason. I think it is smart when developers offer the app for free and then offer a $.99 USD option to pay to take the ads off.
    05-29-2015 01:38 PM
  4. hearmeoutx's Avatar
    If I am going to pay up front for an app, I expect to have all features available to me. I find that so many apps I pay for require in-app purchases to be able to use them to their full advantage which I am not a fan of.

    I would prefer to not have ads in apps, but if it comes between paying for the app and still having to utilize in-app purchases, I'd rather just have ads.


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    05-29-2015 02:54 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Which do you prefer? Paying for apps up front or having them be free with ads?
    I despise ads in apps and games so I prefer paying for an app that does not display ads. Furthermore, I'm willing to pay an annual fee to stay ad-free, depending on the app. If a game is good enough, I'll tolerate ads for a short period of time unless they are like the ones associated with Zynga games. I'll delete it in a heartbeat and will not download anything else from that company.
    Last edited by Just_Me_D; 05-29-2015 at 05:56 PM.
    05-29-2015 03:39 PM
  6. markbw13's Avatar
    Interesting, what are the ones like Zynga?
    05-29-2015 04:36 PM
  7. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Are you asking consumers what they prefer or what is best for a dev?
    05-29-2015 05:12 PM
  8. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Interesting, what are the ones like Zynga?
    Words With Friends is a Zynga game. The free version is so chock full of ads, it's not worth using. My wife I share the same iTunes ID, so I paid the $4.99 for the paid version. That's about $2.50 each. Most of my apps are paid apps. I have a few free ones, but the ads are not intrusive.


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    05-29-2015 05:24 PM
  9. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Interesting, what are the ones like Zynga?
    Take your pick!
    05-29-2015 05:57 PM
  10. markbw13's Avatar
    More consumers.
    06-01-2015 02:12 PM
  11. markbw13's Avatar
    Ok yea I know that game. So is it bad to have automatic video ads pop up after you end a level in a game?
    06-01-2015 02:13 PM
  12. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Ok yea I know that game. So is it bad to have automatic video ads pop up after you end a level in a game?
    Personally, if I'm playing a game, I want to be focused on trying to win it. I don't want to be distracted with ads of any kind. Watching a video, to me, wastes time and causes me to get impatient and then uninstall the game.
    06-01-2015 02:38 PM
  13. warement's Avatar
    I always preferred free apps even if they had ads
    But now as a new developer i am seeing the whole point from different view.
    I believe the best practice is the in app purchases give the app free and for a small amount get the full features of the app
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    06-03-2015 05:59 AM
  14. usedberry's Avatar
    I download the game and disable mobile data access to the game when using iphone or just disconnect my iPod touch from wifi network when playing that game.
    But if it's an app I'm going to use regularly, I pay for it. Like "Alarmed app". 😊
    markbw13 likes this.
    06-06-2015 04:08 AM
  15. espacepublishing's Avatar
    The freemium model works for me.

    I don't want to pay up front until I've seen what I'm getting, but then I don't mind forking out a couple of bucks if I like it.
    markbw13 and dianordiane like this.
    06-10-2015 10:00 PM
  16. Mike Vazovski's Avatar
    Prefer free app with ads + inapp to buy full version if like the app.
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    06-11-2015 02:59 AM
  17. markbw13's Avatar
    Haha smart! But sucky for the app developers!
    06-18-2015 01:03 PM
  18. ThinkertonGames's Avatar
    I think it's dependent on the game for me. For example something like Monument Valley would be ruined by ads, as it's more more than a game, it's an experience.
    06-22-2015 11:22 PM
  19. baseballbert's Avatar
    Rather pay up front.
    06-22-2015 11:57 PM
  20. GrumpyRhinoGames's Avatar
    As a developer I find players are less willing to pay up front, which is a shame as I'd much rather create paid games and focus purely on giving players the best experience.

    With my new games I'm trying to avoid spamming the player with ads - my game More! Gold! Now! has a banner ad and then rewarded video ads which you can choose to watch. You can choose to remove the ads in a coin doubler/remove ad IAP.

    That seems to work quite well - I've not had any complaints yet about the ads but like I said, I would rather just make paid apps.
    06-23-2015 04:26 AM
  21. ThinkertonGames's Avatar
    As a developer I find players are less willing to pay up front, which is a shame as I'd much rather create paid games and focus purely on giving players the best experience.

    With my new games I'm trying to avoid spamming the player with ads - my game More! Gold! Now! has a banner ad and then rewarded video ads which you can choose to watch. You can choose to remove the ads in a coin doubler/remove ad IAP.

    That seems to work quite well - I've not had any complaints yet about the ads but like I said, I would rather just make paid apps.
    As far as monetization for the developer this looks the way to go these days. I recently had to release a free (ad-supported) version of my Android game purely because of the piracy rate, in the first month I had 1500 sales but 20,000 unique installs tracked!

    But yes, as a purchaser, I'd rather know what I'm getting up front and pay for it.
    06-23-2015 08:53 AM
  22. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    The ads in free versions didn't use to be all that bad. But now there's more than one ad often and those full page ads that count down and don't allow you to dismiss it until they're finished with their countdown. No, I don't like that at all. I'd rather pay up front for the app. Be done with it. What I rally hate are paid apps that have ads and/or in app purchases. I avoid those.
    06-23-2015 10:20 AM
  23. bobdos's Avatar
    Me too.
    06-28-2015 12:19 AM
  24. Silk ASMR's Avatar
    Prefer ads, with iap option to remove ads.
    06-28-2015 03:44 AM
  25. cbDev's Avatar
    I rarely spend money on games anymore. I don't play games as often as I used to so there is more than enough free material out there to waste my time on. A few ads are expected and don't bother me at all but I make a point to rate apps with too many ads 1 star. I will also occasionally watch a video ad in order to earn an in-game reward.
    06-28-2015 10:54 AM
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