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Everybody knows one of those people who won’t pay for iPhone or iPad apps. Maybe you are one of those people. The ones who puff up their chests and pronounce, “I’ve never paid for an app. I’ll only use free apps.”

Well, I for one am willing to pay .99, 1.99, 2.99, even (gasp) 4.99 for a well-designed app that I can download instantly, use indefinitely and install to four different devices (we have two iPads, an iPhone 4 and an iPod touch). Oh, and get free updates and improvements as they come along.

When it comes to applications, I think we’re pretty spoiled. Remember back in the day, when you had to drive to a store to buy software? And pay $40 for a single title? And when it was updated (which could take years) you went and bought it all over again? I loved playing computer games when I was younger and I gladly slapped down 50 bucks for the latest version of SimCity when it came out. Now I can play SimCity on my iPhone. For $2.99. I spent more than that at Starbucks this morning.

What apps have been worth parting with my coffee money?

  • For $0.99 I bought Cookie Doodle for my 4-year-old daughter. She has happily played with it for 6 months now. My 6-year-old son plays with it too. They like to email the cookies they decorate to their grandma.
  • Speaking of my 6-year-old, I got him The Secret of Monkey Island, an adventure game, for $2.99. Back in the ‘90s I paid at least 10 times that amount for a Monkey Island game. And this one looks 10 times better.
  • For $4.99, I got Photo Studio HD for the iPad– an amazing photo editor that does just about everything I wished I had the time to learn on Photoshop.
  • And I got the classic game Boggle on my iPad for $.99, which I play approximately 14 times per day.

Total spend? $9.97.

So if you still insist upon only using free apps, that’s fine with me. But don’t ask to play my Boggle.

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