List of most ad ridden apps

macintoshmac

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The fact that you can't think of any suggests that you are fortunately not suffering from this problem. I fancy most people who use apps from top developers or official apps put out by corporations and companies to support their users won't quite see this problem.

Facebook and Twitter are two companies that, while not using Apple's ad platform, serve ads in portions the way doctors suggest eating salads. Beyond these two, I do know of a couple, but they are small-time developers who plant ads at the bottom of the app and the ads can be removed with a small payment. There have been a few wherein there was no way to remove ads, and one notorious app came in form of the official app from my country's railway! Needless to say, the app was promptly uninstalled from my phone.
 

ericwn

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Try YouTube. Stuffed not just with no to low quality content but spiced with ads all over. Plus the usual data mining as with everything google.
 
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TheRealAlex

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Try YouTube. Stuffed not just with no to low quality content but spiced with ads all over. Plus the usual data mining as with everything google.
Not if your a Minor under 10 yrs old and your VPN makes them think your account was created in the E.U. I get Zero Ads, and Extra privacy options. They must wonder why a 10 year old isshopping for car insurance but their algorithms aren’t that smart yet.
 

macintoshmac

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May 13, 2010
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Not if your a Minor under 10 yrs old and your VPN makes them think your account was created in the E.U. I get Zero Ads, and Extra privacy options. They must wonder why a 10 year old isshopping for car insurance but their algorithms aren’t that smart yet.
OK, I do not know details regarding this so I am curious how you manage this. You are suggesting two things: one, you are using YouTube logged into a Google account in which you have listed your age such that you are a minor, and second, that using a VPN to make it seem like you are using this account to access YouTube from Europe will give extra privacy options.

So I wondering that while YouTube will pick your date of birth from the account, the country you listed in your account does not matter to them to serve those privacy options?

I like this play. Need to try this out.
 

Jessica Lares

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I would look through your Purchased list. There's probably going to be a few in there you remember getting rid of for that reason, unless you hid them.

If Apple's iAd had been a success, we'd probably be complaining about everything having ads instead of subscriptions right now. Because even they were more concerned about the ad platforms more than the ads themselves.
 

Erehy Dobon

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Try some of the Yahoo apps. Yahoo Sports has prominently featured a banner ad for years, dating back to the pre-Yahoo era when it was Sportacular.

Both Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Finance inline advertisements when you scroll through news items.

The official Twitter app inlines ads in your feed. So does Instagram. Facebook lives off of advertising. I'm guessing most of the consumer-focused Microsoft apps are littered with ads.

Many third party weather apps are plastered with ads including all the major ones: AccuWeather, WeatherBug, The Weather Channel, Weather Underground.

Some of the news apps also include ads: AP News, CNN, CNBC, Huffington Post, Reuters, NY Times, France 24, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Morningstar.

Sports apps often have ads as well: ESPN, Eurosport, LiveScore, theScore.

All of the TV listings apps (like TV Guide) have ads.

Waze will post up an advertisement when I am stopped at many intersections.

Mint hawks a bunch of credit card offers.
 
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AutomaticApple

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Massachusetts
Try some of the Yahoo apps. Yahoo Sports has prominently featured a banner ad for years, dating back to the pre-Yahoo era when it was Sportacular.

Both Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Finance inline advertisements when you scroll through news items.

The official Twitter app inlines ads in your feed. So does Instagram. Facebook lives off of advertising. I'm guessing most of the consumer-focused Microsoft apps are littered with ads.

Many third party weather apps are plastered with ads including all the major ones: AccuWeather, WeatherBug, The Weather Channel, Weather Underground.

Some of the news apps also include ads: AP News, CNN, CNBC, Huffington Post, Reuters, NY Times, France 24, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Morningstar.

Sports apps often have ads as well: ESPN, Eurosport, LiveScore, theScore.

All of the TV listings apps (like TV Guide) have ads.

Waze will post up an advertisement when I am stopped at many intersections.

Mint hawks a bunch of credit card offers.
Yahoo is the king of ads.
 

tranceking26

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Apr 16, 2013
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Mr. Bullet is a great game but suffers from constant ads. They offer a subscription service (of course they do!) what asks for £5.49 a month. That's so greedy.

Even more rubbish too; the devs placed a banner which permanently stays at the top of the screen moaning at you
"you are limiting our ability to maintain the game...." all because I don't want personalised ads and all that stuff.
 
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compwiz1202

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Mr. Bullet is a great game but suffers from constant ads. They offer a subscription service (of course they do!) what asks for £5.49 a month. That's so greedy.

Even more rubbish too; the devs placed a banner which permanently stays at the top of the screen moaning at you
"you are limiting our ability to maintain the game...." all because I don't want personalised ads and all that stuff.
I don't even like subs vs one time in general, but WTH is with those ridiculous amounts?? I might pay like $0.99/mo for a well maintained app, but I would never pay those crazy amounts.