My suggestion for the app store

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by jamesmcm, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. jamesmcm macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2008
    I think that when browsing a free app, there should be a text box and button to donate to the developers. This would be very helpful to developers who wish to release their software as free so people are not forced into paying but still wish to allow people to donate easily.
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  3. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    Sounds good to me but I am sure somebody will come along with some reason why this just won't work.
  4. nlivo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2007
    Ballarat, Australia
    Don't worry, Apple will.
  5. jamesmcm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2008
    I think it is very important because it will allow us to see if people will donate if it is very easy to do so. This is important because people cite examples of free software (and music, books, etc.) supported by donations failing, however, in those cases, in order to donate, the user has to go through a long sign-up process and so it could be that that is stopping them from donating rather than the money.
  6. bendodson macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2008
    It's an interesting idea and one I'd like to see but I don't think Apple will do it unless they can take a cut of that donation. Even then, it is still a good idea so you never know!

    I think it's fairly easy to make donations and stuff online - most people use the now ubiquitous paypal donate button and a large number of people have a paypal account (but you don't even need one to donate - just tap in your card info) so I wouldn't agree that there is a huge hindrance on the net at the moment. Doing it via iTunes balance would be easier though for this purpose.
  7. greenmymac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Tulsa, Ok
  8. jamesmcm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2008
    Is there any official way of suggesting ideas (like Ubuntu's brainstorm site) or do i just have to send emails and start petitions :p
  9. Greencardman macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2003
    Madison, WI
    I have thought a lot about this before, and the fact is there's only an upside to this. It would actually be in Apple's best interests to have a donate button there. Presumably, Apple would still take a 30% cut of the donations, so having a donate button defrays some of the cost of running the App Store that provides the mechanism for downloading the free app in the first place. Apple and the developers have everything to gain from allowing donations, and nothing to lose.
  10. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    very good idea; i like that alot.

    as a follow-up, i would also like to see it where only purchasers of an app can leave a review.
  11. gillybean macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I've always wondered how Free Apps work. Does the developer still have to pay $99 to get it in the store? What if an app starts out as 99 cents but gets switched to free after a day?
  12. Rojo macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2006
    Yes, they still pay the $99, even when they make no money off of it.

    They will make profit for whatever downloads they got during the time it was 99 cents, and then nothing once it's free.

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