Why Are People So Against Paying for Apps?
If you read the reviews on apps in the Google Play Store and I’m sure it’s the very same thing on the Apple App Store, you’ll quickly notice one thing. There are plenty of people saying things such as “nice app, but for most things you need to pay” and then they rate the app with one star.
As if it’s such a bad thing to pay for useful or fun features. And apparently, it is because seriously, people don’t like to pay for their apps. But why is that so?
The Prices of Apps aren’t High Yet...
If you take a look at what the apps of games cost you can only come to one conclusion. The prices of the apps aren’t all that high. A couple of bux, pounds, euro or whatever your currency is tops. And you get good value for what you pay. Usually.
This is what leads me to believe that it’s not the price that’s the problem. It has to be something else.
I notice it too, I hesitate to pay for an app even though it’s only a small amount of money. A small amount of money I would easily spend on a bag of chips without thinking. But when it comes to an app. Oh boy, I’m hesitating. Nevertheless, I do believe it’s the right to pay for a service that’s useful or entertaining to you. So that’s what I choose to do. It helps the makers of these apps to improve their products. It removes annoying ads as well.
The Real Reason People Don’t Want to Pay
As we concluded before, it’s not the price. The prices are all right. Yet, to understand why nobody likes to pay for apps we need to go back in time a bit. Not ages, no let’s say 10 years.
10 years ago it was 2011. I had an Android phone, the HTC one X I believe. Back then I had never paid for an app. The apps I used were flooded with ads, however.
Back then I was purchasing software and games. For my crappy laptop that was. It was the normal thing to do. I purchased Microsoft Office because I needed it for school and I paid for a game to relax after school. Hell, I was even buying music back in those days.
And, I think this is where the answer as to why people don’t like to pay for apps lies. We’re so used to purchasing software for our computers but not to purchasing apps. Apps still have an inferior status compared to software. But is that correct? Can you do so much more with software than you can do with the apps on your phone?
I mean, our phones have become very powerful these days. They’re not to be underestimated anymore. Editing photos is something I love to do. I can edit them the same with the Lightroom app on my phone as I can on my laptop using Lightroom there. Something I find to be very practical.
The games are getting better too. It used to be all snake, chess, and simple card games. Now we can play first shooter and race games on our phones. Of course, these games cost money to develop. I’m happy to pay for a game I like.
Most People Don’t Realize This About Apps
Most people use apps more than software these days. We’re always on our phones. I’m even typing this article on my phone right now. I also read 99% of the Medium articles on my phone too.
Apps have become the software we were so used to. At least for the average person that’s definitely true. I know you still can’t edit a full-frame film on a phone just yet but soon you probably can. Apps are being developed at a fast rate because developers know how popular they are. So, reward that hard work by paying for the apps that you like.
People won’t most likely not be wanting to pay for apps for quite some time. We still don’t realize the status that apps have right now. Thinking they’re inferior compared to software. And yes, in some rare situations they are but for most editing, planning, reading, and gaming purposes we can perfectly use an app.
Paying for the service that you enjoy or use is normal. You already pay for all sorts of services and forms of entertainment outside of app stores.
Consider this before you write a negative review on an app just because it asks you to pay (a small amount) so you can use all of its features. The people who develop them need to eat and have a place to sleep just like you and me.