What we have all thought anyway.

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by needthephone, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. needthephone macrumors 6502a

    Apr 4, 2006
    Fickle iPhone users tiring of apps
    February 24, 2009 - 10:38AM

    More than 500 million applications for the Apple iPhone have been downloaded from the California company's online App Store, but a new study indicates that users quickly lose interest in them.

    The study by Pinch Media found that fewer than five percent of iPhone users are still actively using an application a month after downloading it.

    Apple iPhone users loss interest in free programs slightly faster than in paid ones, said Pinch Media, a company which offers advise to developers of applications for the hot-selling smartphone.

    "Paid applications generally retain their users longer than free applications, although the drop-off is still pretty steep," it said.

    It said only one percent of total downloads have a long-term audience.

    The company said the "biggest usage differentiator" is category.

    "Games are used for longer periods than any other type of application," Pinch Media said.

    The study also found that only 30 percent of the iPhone users who purchase an application from the App Store use it the next day.

    Apple announced last month that more than 500 million applications for the iPhone have been downloaded since the App Store was opened in July.

    More than 15,000 programs are currently available from the App Store.

    For the study, Pinch Media analysed 30 million downloads from the App Store.



    I would say I hardly use an app after a week.

    I have been bitten too many times and I am extremely careful about buying any app now.
  2. Android3011 macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2009
    I can believe that, but i also think some of the apps are downloaded for random occasions. I mean the handy carpenter app is pointless until you actually need it.
  3. EB66 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    come to think of it I have a bunch of apps on my iphone and i only use the stock apps and a calorie counting app for training daily...my weather app is nice when im not by a laptop...and games i only use if im really bored in a airport or something

    so ill agree with you for sure
  4. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    It could also mean that most of the applications are pretty much rubbish with regards to programming, quality and design.
  5. Macjames macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    Yorkshire, England
    true, i bought loads of apps but only use regularly for about 5mins the following.

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  6. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    wow, i wish i got paid to do that study. some of the stats are kinda funny... "people play games for longer period of time than other apps". yeah, like i'm gonna spend half an hour on my to-do app or on weather... well, bottomline is most apps are useless, so i'm not surprised at that outcome. i personally download free stuff all the time, and after using it once, i delete it immediately.
  7. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

    SFC Archer

    Nov 9, 2007
    Troy, MT
    My use is just the opposite. I have 12 games (70% paid for) on my iPhone and I play one maybe once a month. I am a gamer and play online games daily.

    I have used the following apps daily since their release:

    At least once a week I use Now Playing, Fox Sports

    I also use Phone, SMS, Mail, Safari, iPod and Calender daily

    The games on the iPhone are just not important to me and having the utilities and functions of the other are plus I love music which is what I kill my battery on the most.
  8. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    Here's what I use daily/regularly: Facebook, Beejive, Last.fm, Pandora, 7cities, Rolando, Sparta, Tap Tap Revenge, Now Playing, Wikipanion, Air Sharing, Shazam, TwitterFon, NNW, iPhunny, Fastlane.

    Stock apps that I use regularly: Calendar, Phone(duh), iPod, Clock, Notes, Weather.

    Here's the apps I forgot about or don't even use: Cro-Mag, CrashNitro, Dr.Awesome, Drop Ship, SpaceMonkey, Aurora Feint.
  9. Gokunama macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2008
    The apps I use everyday: RSS player (get my video podcast CNN and ABC news), Saisuke (allows for quick scheduling with it's copy and paste), Galcon (the paid version), Appsniper, and Wisdom Japanese-English dictionary.

    A couple apps I almost never use: Darkslide, Relax, Air Hockey, Monopoly, SimCity (waiting on an update).
  10. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

    Mr. Giver '94

    Jun 2, 2008
    I regularly use Facebook, Weather Channel, Weatherbug, Sol, iEphemeris, Rolando, X-Plane (any of the 4), Midomi, JellyCar, Tris, MobileFiles, and Showtimes.

    I have 166 Apps total. I don't even have half of them synced on my iPhone/iPod Touch.

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