Are any apps using in-app purchasing yet?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Ashyukun, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Ashyukun macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2008
    In my daily scanning through all the newly released apps and my usual grumbling to myself at how many SupaFan/TravelTo/Etc. apps I have to scroll past every day and thinking how nice it would be if they'd just make ONE app and then use in-app purchases to sell additional content instead of clogging up the app store, I got to thinking that so far I've not seen any apps that actually USE the much-touted 'in-app purchasing'. Have there actually been any that anyone knows about and I've just somehow missed seeing? And if not, is there a reason nobody has started using it yet? I'm kind of surprised, for example, that Amazon hasn't incorporated it into the Kindle app yet since it would be a cinch to think they'd want to make it easier for people to buy books through it instead of having to go buy them through the web page like you do now...
  2. return7 macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    We use it in BillMinder for folks to purchase an annual subscription for Push Notifications. The cost is 99 cents per year (in the US). It's optional, of course and does not auto-renew, etc. It's not exactly "additional content" but it is an extra feature.

    Screens/vid of the new version at
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Yeah as far as the apps I have go, Bill Minder is the only one using in app purchasing.
  4. johnnyxhuynh macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2006
    Houston, TX, USA
    Tweet Push. There is a monthly subscription fee of $0.99 (among other subscription terms) that utilizes the in-app purchasing functionality of the new iPhone software.
  5. Vandam500 macrumors 68000


    Sep 29, 2008
  6. iFerd macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2007
    TravelTracker with TripIt is using it to allow upgrades to the Pro version by paying the difference in price. This is just the kind of thing I think it should be used for. It's been frustrating to me in the past to want the extra features of a "pro" version and having to pay the full price to get the extra features of an application I've already paid for.
  7. thomasanderson macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2008
  8. DustinKirk macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2009
    Stacks has over 120 items using In-App-Purchase

    Stacks uses a e-book reader business model and sells professionally created flash cards within the app. The base app for $2.99 comes with over 50 stacks, and additional stacks can be purchased for another $.99.

    There are over 120 stacks now available, so it really doesn't make sense for each one to be a sperate app, although it is obvious many companies out there have simply flooded the app store with individual apps making navigation a pain. In this case, Stacks uses a single platform to deliver content to users.

    Web link:
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    -d- Dustin Kirk
  9. swindmill macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2005
    Night Stand uses it to make an additional clock skin available.
  10. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000


    Oct 15, 2007
    Flick Fishing has an extra fishing location available for $0.99.
  11. mouchoir macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2004
    London, UK
    Men's Health Workouts has in app purchasing for additional workout packs.
  12. Gokunama macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2008
    Lonely Planet (the mother app) can download various city guides and keep them all in one app, and the Bear Money app has various add ons that I haven't really looked into.
  13. tombarnes macrumors 6502


    Feb 26, 2006
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    I was kinda surprised that Tomtom didn't make use of this feature somehow in their app.

    I would imagine that Tomtom had quite a bit of help from Apple in creating their app (I only think this because they had a slot at the WWDC keynote). And with them being one of the first to use the iPhone accessories framework, I would have thought Apple would have used Tomtom as a means to showcase their new SDK features. Also, a SatNav app seems like an app that would be able to fill an in-app store with goodies, such as extra POIs, Traffic subscriptions, more maps, perhaps make speed cameras an optional 99p extra - that sorta thing.

    Whatcha reckon guys and girls?
  14. samwize macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2009
    Just wondering: Is it possible to do in-app purchase without paying. In other others, piracy? :)
  15. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
  16. usasalazar macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2006
    MLB at bat 2009

    It let's you buy live games to watch for $.99
  17. dZp macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2006
    Tiffen's latest version of Photo fx has in-app purchase of extra filters.

    Yes. Other. :rolleyes:

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