Poll results: How much do you spend on apps and games per year?

Poll results: How much do you spend on apps and games per year?
We asked you yesterday how much do you spend on apps and games on average per year, regardless of the platform you use, and the most popular answer was nada, as more than half of our respondents say they never pay for apps. About 26% spend up to $10 annually, 14% dish out up to $50, and just roughly 2% spend something more tangible, in the $100-$500 range.

Apple's initially humble App Store spearheaded the bite-size way of utilizing the small computers in our pockets instead of the one-size-fits-all approach we were used to on our PCs. Fast forward a few years later, and apps are now a multibillion industry, who would've thought. Google Play saw twice the number of app downloads in 2015, compared to the App Store, yet Apple managed to grab the whopping 75% more revenue, up from 70% in 2014. The download numbers on both platforms are higher than the previous year, it's just that iOS users are paying much more for apps and games than their Android counterparts.

The tide has turned on the way developers profit from apps, too, with games and in-app purchases accounting for nearly 90% of the global revenues. Needless to say, it's games that count for the vast majority of revenue for the Google and Apple stores, and that's where the freemium model started, and now proliferates, forcing kids and parents alike to spend sometimes vast amount of money on those pesky time-wasters.

How much do you spend on apps and games per year?

I only use free or cracked apps
52.7%
Less than $10
26.13%
$10-$49
14.19%
$50-$99
4.05%
$100-$500
1.91%
More than $500
1.01%

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17 Comments

1. Shocky unregistered

Crazy that people buy high end devices and then buy no apps for them, or download dodgy versions from elsewhere putting their device at risk. People have strange priorities sometimes.

2. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

I don't think the people who voted are all using high end devices. Also bare in mind that droids use this website too. Even the guy who's been hiding under a rock all his life knows that droid boys don't like spending.

3. Shocky unregistered

Or we have a lot of readers here under 18 whose only access to payments is through mummy and daddy :D.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Some people that buy big luxury car also penny pinching when comes to parking. So to each his own. I do spent on App Store and play store. I even look out for discounted prepaid card for the respective store.

10. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

@joey_sfb If you're driving a big luxury car, and your penny pinching, your living beyond your means. In other words. You're not doing it right.

15. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Or maybe that's how he is able to afford that car in the first place? He is wise about his money and doesn't waste it unnecessarily but wanted to treat himself to a nice vehicle.

16. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Well, in my experience, when I worked in retail many years ago in high income areas I noticed that the people there would fight for every last penny. I guess that's how they get to the point of having money. So I definitely don't think it's about living beyond their means but instead that they value every dollar.

5. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Im way past 100$ a year and im using android.....So please stfu with those insulting remarks about users....

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Im way past 100$ a day and using android, so whats the problem here? :-/

9. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

@iBend... Do you realize that your comment makes you look like a lying child? Or do you honestly think that there are people out there who will believe you spend $100 a day on Android? Best joke I've heard all day.

8. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

@RoboticEngi Correct sir, it was wrong of me to insult all of you collectively. Let me rephrase. 99.9% of all droidboys are cheapskates, the rest aren't. Happy now?

14. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

You do realize the difference between Droid and Android, right? I thought this argument died in 2010... I use an Android device and I voted for the $100-$500 range. I support application makers who do a good job. They need to be compensated for the hard work they put in. It is a business after all...

6. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

most app's are free, not like you have a choice to spend $4.99 on the facebook app...

11. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Most the apps you need are free. Then there are a few you might want to reward with paying for an upgrade just to reward the developer. There are no paid apps that I'm aware of that you need. The closest to that I can think of is Tasker. Note I'm not addressing games at all.

12. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

"i don't need or want all of those apps." SCANNING.... ANDROID USER. EXCUSE VALID. "i don't need or want all of those apps." SCANNING.... WINDOWS USER, RUN RIDICULE.EXE "lololol rip m8"

13. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Spending $500++ on apps and games per year? LMAO

17. Phonewbie

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

My Spotify account alone puts me over $120.

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