Rovio and Apple Offering 'Angry Birds Rio' as Free App of the Week

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple and Rovio have paired up to give away Angry Birds Rio for the iPhone and iPad for free this week, as part of Apple's 'Free App of the Week' promotion.

    The game is normally $0.99 for the iPhone and $2.99 on the iPad.

    Angry Birds Rio is free for a limited time on the iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct link: iPhone/iPad]

    Article Link: Rovio and Apple Offering 'Angry Birds Rio' as Free App of the Week
  2. macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    Yay, may as well download it. I don't buy Angry Birds games because they're annoying and make you pay twice if you want it on your iPhone and iPad :(.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  4. Moonjumper, Jan 17, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2013

    macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I wish the Free App of the Week would feature some hidden gems rather than promote games that are already successful.

    In a market where discoverability is a big issue, concentrating on the apps we already know is a wasted opportunity.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2013
  6. macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2011
    I agree. I love how games just manage to develop themselves, without any need for silly things like 'paying the programmers'.

    It should always have been free! £0.69 is a disgrace! :rolleyes:
  7. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2013
    Developers get paid from small ads in the game.

  8. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    adds in game = horrible user experience
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    I'd rather pay a small amount than spend time watching ads. If I recall, in the ad version you have to click on the ad screen between every few retries.

    Of course this is Angry Birds. The games are just a loss leader for all the merchandizing going on... $.99 is nothing compared to the cut they get from all the swag in stores.


    Angry Birds Rio is kind of a dead end anyway. Unless they make another movie, all the levels are finished up and Rovio is done adding to it. But hey! Free Angry Birds for the "Pig Popper Pad"!
  10. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Yes, I bet you've made lots of free apps and made lots of money from ads.

    No, ad revenue is a lie. Top ranking apps can make money from ads. No one else can. I have hundreds of thousands of regular users for my free app with ads and an IAP to remove ads. I made $10 in 2012, $3 from ads and $7 from users removing the ads.

    In contrast, I made $200 and $8000 from my $1 and $2 apps, respectively. Certainly, quality plays a roll, but I spent twice as many months polishing my free app as I did my $1 app.

    I'm never making the mistake of releasing an app users don't have to pay for again... you can get a taste for free, maybe, but getting more than 25% is certainly going to cost money.
  11. rmwebs, Jan 17, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2013

    macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007

    Sorry but that's really not correct. Even with a couple of free apps on my personal developer account I make at least $250 a month in iAds revenue, and there isn't even that many people using the app (only around 5k downloads a month).

    On our groups main android dev account we make significantly more from ads than sales on the apps we offer in free and paid versions.

    To suggest that nobody makes revenue from ads except the big boys is pure rubbish.

    For every 100k purchases we've had, we've made over double that in ad revenue within the first 3 months.
  12. macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    WAAAAAHHHHHH The race to the bottom has sure made a lot of people whiney about what an app is worth. If you don't get 99 cents of fun out of it don't buy it. If you don't get 4.99 of fun out of it don't buy it. It takes more resources and recoding to make it for iPad and in HD. Not alot but enough.
  13. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Meh. I'm just glad to get the HD version for my iPad. At least they can milk this until 2014 when supposedly the sequel of that movie is suppose to come out.
  14. macrumors 601


    Jun 18, 2007
    I love how people who know nothing about the subject they're talking about shoot off their mouths instantly and make themselves look silly. You DO know that ALL Angry Birds games include freaking advertising (whether you pay for the app or not, they're STILL THERE). Maybe, just maybe that's why it's "FREE" on Android. Ya think? The CRIME here is that I've read before that they don't remove the ads when you actually pay for the game. And that is precisely why I wouldn't pay a freaking dime for it. I'm not sure I'd want it for "free" if I have to put up with annoying ads, really. I'd rather pay $5 for it and have it add free, really (assuming I actually liked the game). Compare that to Bejeweled which was worthy every penny and doesn't send a single ad my way (not even the the Blitz game).
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2010
    Rovio thinks they're so clever about it too; they call it "news." Sorry but, news about something I can purchase is still an ad. Heck, one of the summer "seasons" levels from 2011 was actually a Samsung Galaxy ad right there in the knock-down structure!

    Cue the Angry Birds defenders that will remind us that the ads are only for other Rovio games...
  16. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    The only reason it’s free on Android is because too many Android users are tight-asses and pirate games. And thanks to that us Android users who DO want to pay have to use free versions with ads most of the time.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Apr 16, 2004
    Drifting through space in a broken escape pod
    As per my standard policy, I've downloaded this for iPhone and iPad while it's free, even though I have zero interest in it currently. I never turn down something free that won't be free forever.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    Good question, why arent these 'Angry Birds' games universal?
  19. macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I don't know why, but I imagined hearing you make that statement in a very thick British accent.

    Weird, I know! :eek:
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    The sad thing is, I know Fandroids who will try to push Android on people by saying "there are no paid apps" just because Angry Birds is free. Sorry, I'm not buying a shoddy phone so I can save 99 cents on an annoying video game.
  21. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2013
    There are paid apps.

    Some just use ad revenue to support the whole others just charge.

    And you don't have to buy a shoddy phone for free apps, gs3, note 2, One x, nexus 4, all incredible phones
  22. macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2011
    UCD, Ireland
  23. macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    They are.
  24. macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2012
    free is still free, c'mon, enough complaining . . . cough up the 99 cents otherwise.
  25. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    Do you need a warm tea?

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