This week's rant is aimed squarely at the major frustration of the App Store and Google Play Store: Freemium apps. Apps that bait you and get you sucked in before telling you that you have to stump up some of your own hard-earned real cash in exchange for virtual currency, or donuts. It's ridiculous. And it needs to stop. But how? In-app purchases in, and of themselves, are not bad. In fact, they're essential to apps like Newsstand which allows you to subscribe to digital magazine publications, and other apps offering a free trial version with an IAP to upgrade to a full, or "premium" version. What's the answer? Who knows. But I can't stand apps that lure you in only to try forcing you in to paying to progress and experience the full game.
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