Developers Can Now Issue Free "Promotional" Copies of iPhone Apps

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    Apple has finally started allowing developers to issue free promotional copies of their iPhone applications. Once an application has been accepted to the App Store by Apple, developers can issue up to 50 promotional codes for their application. The codes allow the recipient to download a full copy of the application for free. Codes can only be presently used in the U.S. iTunes Stores by using the "Redeem" link in the App Store.

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    As an example, Smudge Apps sent us a promotional copy of Jam: Vol 1 [App Store]. Codes can be issued for existing applications and the 50 code limit is reset for each new version of an application.

    In the past, it has been difficult for developers to provide review or promotional copies, instead having to reply on Ad-hoc distributions.

    Article Link: Developers Can Now Issue Free "Promotional" Copies of iPhone Apps
     
  2. P-Worm macrumors 68020

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    This is great, but I still think that there needs to be a way to make demo versions of applications. There are plenty of the more expensive apps that I would consider if I was able to try them beforehand. I'm not willing to drop $10-$20 on something that might be a buggy joke.

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  3. TJunkers macrumors 6502a

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    That's awesome new!

    Now, anyone who wants me to test there app and give them an honest opinion I am open for promo codes :p
     
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  5. amac4me macrumors 65816

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    This will further drive apps and the App Store.
     
  6. Mykbibby macrumors 6502a

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    This is great idea, allow bloggers and media groups to test apps for free.
     
  7. kolax macrumors G3

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    The ability to get a live try/demo out of the app in iTunes would be cool - use the iPhone simulator within iTunes to try out stuff and see if you like.
     
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    Sweet! This Is Awesome! I Know About It Right Now!! 5:21 Pm!
     
  9. mogzieee macrumors 6502a

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    Urgh, why does the US get all the good stuff first? What about all us poor UK sods?
     
  10. kolax macrumors G3

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    Majority of review sites (best ones) are based in the States.

    I can't imagine if anyone would care about a wee Scot's opinion on a game!
     
  11. rikers_mailbox macrumors 6502a

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    coming soon ... gifting iPhone apps to friends.
     
  12. jasonbrennan macrumors member

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    Xenophobe. Believe it or not, Americans are not the only people whose opinions matter.

    Reviews are relative to their respective region (Canadian reviews show in Canadian iTunes).
     
  13. kolax macrumors G3

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    I said the sites are based in America. Didn't say the reviewers were all American ;)
     
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    Complaint: Increase 50 to 100.

    Praise: Maybe this will result in a removal of all those cluttersome "lite" apps.

    Question: Do these full versions ever expire?
     
  16. ghall macrumors 68040

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    NICE!! This is perfect! Ad Hoc is kind of a pain. :p
     
  17. iChan macrumors 6502a

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    it seems to me you may be missing the point of all this...

    why would offering developers the opportunity to distribute 50 promo codes alleviate the need for "lite" apps?
     
  18. bridgeyman macrumors member

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    YES! I have been waiting for this for a while now. I was hoping for unlimited codes, but I guess if the 50 is reset for each version then that is okay.
     
  19. Telp macrumors 68040

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    Was it really?
     
  20. Zincous macrumors 6502

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    So this is on top of the 100 ad hoc?

    So now developers can essentially post out 150 for free?
     
  21. jacobweber macrumors newbie

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    God, does every Apple policy regarding the iPhone have to be so heavy-handed? Why 50? Why is this limitation necessary? Why can't they just let developers make the decisions for themselves?
     
  22. Zincous macrumors 6502

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    And how big does an update have to be? Couldn't a developer "update" their app to 1.0.1 basically and just say its a "bug fix", but not really change anything and now they get 50 more? For essentially the same app.
     
  23. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    This needed to be done, and this sure will make acquiring review copies much easier now.
    Bring on the promo codes.

    R-Fly
     
  24. bindle macrumors regular

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    Great news. We've already updated our app description/site to allow reviewers to request promo codes. Ad hoc was such a pain.
     
  25. jasonbrennan macrumors member

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    The update still has to be reviewed by Apple. I'm sure you could sneak it by a few times, but eventually they would probably catch on.
     

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