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#31 ichi

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 00:52

4) Have a realistic price.
Yes, many apps are as cheap as chips. But there are many which are completely overpriced. That is the main reason people pirate surely? Because they can't afford to buy the app. Cutting the price may encourage more people to buy.


I don't think people really "need" the apps they pirate, if they can't afford them (which I find strange considering the average price is well below 5€) they could either not use it or find a free/cheaper alternative.
IMO, if certain app is not realistically priced, then don't buy it. I've yet to find any expensive app that is an absolute must have, so either buy it or skip it.

So far I've bought every app I've felt like installing and that hasn't set me back more than 20€. I'm sure some people might not be able to afford spending 20€ over a couple of years on apps for their 100€+ phone, but I don't think they are a majority.
I'd guess most pirates are either a)cheap, b)scared of using their credit card number on online transactions, or c)kids without a CC whose parents are unwilling to spend money on cellphone games.


#32 +sanke1

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:00

I might have spent more than Rs. 53000 ($1000) on apps alone :(

Highest I spent on any app is Zynga Poker which was around $50. But realised that it was addiction and promptly deleted it. Saved me some money :D

#33 .Blaze

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 20:19

I buy probably about 60% of the apps I use (the rest are either free, freemium, or i've found them free on offer)

#34 DevilsNotDead

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 20:47

Funny how many here dont even have owned Android come here to bash...

#35 LightShadow

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 20:53

My opinion still stands that the problem remains with how easy it is to install pirated apps on Android. I mean with the .apk it's pretty easy due to Android allowing you to use apps from outside the Play store.

I know iOS has a lot of pirated apps, but you need to jailbreak to do that, which limits the number of devices, Android doesn't need a jailbreak, the ability is there in stock.

#36 Detection

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 20:57

My opinion still stands that the problem remains with how easy it is to install pirated apps on Android. I mean with the .apk it's pretty easy due to Android allowing you to use apps from outside the Play store.

I know iOS has a lot of pirated apps, but you need to jailbreak to do that, which limits the number of devices, Android doesn't need a jailbreak, the ability is there in stock.


Yep, true. Although I guess it wouldn't really stop many people given how easy it is to root and flash custom roms / recovery etc on droid devices

And the fact you can buy an app, back it up, then get a refund

#37 +BeLGaRaTh

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 21:09

On the iphone front I know around 15 people who use them and all of them have the phone jailbroken and use Installous to download apps for free, none of them have ever bought an app for their phones. Of the 11 Android users I know , including myself, all have bought all of the apps in use.

I think that they are somewhat inflating the statistics there.

#38 Enron

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 21:13

Make Windows Phone apps. We pay for our stuff if it's a quality app.

#39 Eminem25

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 21:17

They should blame pirace for this, take me for an example had my Galaxy S1 for over a year now, never installed one pirated file/game/app.
I always use free apps and if I didn't find an app that does what I need then, I don't need to do it.

#40 Manish

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 21:32

On the iphone front I know around 15 people who use them and all of them have the phone jailbroken and use Installous to download apps for free, none of them have ever bought an app for their phones. Of the 11 Android users I know , including myself, all have bought all of the apps in use.

I think that they are somewhat inflating the statistics there.

So the data that they have on their game might be incorrect based on your "study" of 20-30 people that you know? *rolls eyes*

#41 z0phi3l

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 21:35

I've never pirated an app, not on iOS or Android, IF the app is worth it, you gets my monies, otherwise you get jack, especially when there's a free alternative that's as good and usually better

Most of the Game companies that are bitching about "piracy" and Android are the ones that thing a mobile game will ever be worth $10+, guess what, your games are barely $5 DL games for any console, you aren't going to screw over that many iOS/Android users, well they seem to screw over many more iOS people than Android, and that's the crux of their complaint

#42 z0phi3l

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 21:37

So the data that they have on their game might be incorrect based on your "study" of 20-30 people that you know? *rolls eyes*


It's about as accurate as the "data" pointing at piracy, both sides are using incomplete and I dare say on the game maker's side, false data

#43 Manish

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 21:58

It's about as accurate as the "data" pointing at piracy


No it's not. Read the game developer's post on Wired (http://www.wired.co....ket-game-piracy). His methods may not be flawless but the results are certainly more conclusive than one person thinking about how 30 people use their device. We're not talking about the overall piracy rate on Android either; the "5:1" statistic is about one game.

#44 +BeLGaRaTh

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 22:56

What I was trying to say is 100% of the people I know with an iphone pirate everything, and 100% of the people I know with android pirate nothing. It's not scientific, but fact non the less. Most of those with iphones said they only chose it so they could jailbreak and use cydia/installous to get their stuff.

#45 soldier1st

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 23:03

I don't think people really "need" the apps they pirate, if they can't afford them (which I find strange considering the average price is well below 5€) they could either not use it or find a free/cheaper alternative.
IMO, if certain app is not realistically priced, then don't buy it. I've yet to find any expensive app that is an absolute must have, so either buy it or skip it.

So far I've bought every app I've felt like installing and that hasn't set me back more than 20€. I'm sure some people might not be able to afford spending 20€ over a couple of years on apps for their 100€+ phone, but I don't think they are a majority.
I'd guess most pirates are either a)cheap, b)scared of using their credit card number on online transactions, or c)kids without a CC whose parents are unwilling to spend money on cellphone games.

It's easy for you to say that you've bought all those apps, but then, you can afford them but with others, they can't and thus are forced to pirate stuff.



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