Free/Paid/Price info

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How about making this field either show the word 'free' or the actual price of the app? 'Paid' doesn't give much info.



Submitted by AppleVis on Sunday, March 20, 2011

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Sorry Jim, but that would be almost impossible to implement (certainly on a site of this scale).

The site would need to dynamically check the IP address of a visitor, convert that into a geographical location, identify the appropriate iTunes Store, check to see if the app was available in that store, retrieve its price in the appropriate currency and dynamically output this to the site.

I am sure that all of this is possible, but the prospect of having to do it is putting me into mild palpitations here in my broom cupboard <smile>.


Submitted by Esther on Sunday, March 20, 2011

The problem with posting the price that the reviewer paid for the app at the time the review was posted is that the price changes over time. Many users pick up copies of apps when they are temporarily free, or offered at a promotional price. That means there's no accurate way to know what the price is based on the poster's experience. Also, some popular apps like the GPS navigation apps, have come down in price strikingly over time -- even apart from sales. Because this resource is designed for long-term use, your suggestion is perhaps not practical. A user might choose to include this information in the additional comments, but I don't think this should be a standard part of the app description. P.S. I did think to post that it would take writing a script to check the different stores and return current prices in each currency, plus dynamic updating, but I not that David has answered this.