It was another fantastic year in apps. Both Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store hit the 1 million app mark. Apple's latest version of Mac OS X was released for free. Some of my favorite apps received major updates this year including 1Password 4, Alfred 2, and Evernote 5.
What were some of your favorites?
I wanted to take a deeper dive at the apps I purchased. After some proper accounting, I discovered that I spent around $350 on apps in 2013.
This total spans platforms including Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and Web. Here's a more detailed breakdown:
- Mac: 33 apps, $242.74 total, $7.36 average
- Windows: 13 apps, $42.19 total, $3.25 average
- iOS: 3 apps, $6.97 total, $2.32 average
- Android: 17 apps, $48.94, $2.88 average
Web: 3 apps, $16.98 total, $5.66 average
And some fancy charts!
I spent the most on Mac apps which also had the highest average price per app at $7.36. The most expensive Mac (and overall) app was the task management app, Things at $34.99. If you include the $9.99 I paid for the iOS version, that would round up to $45. Sadly, that investment didn't last very long.
Since Mac apps constitute over two-thirds of my regular app purchases, I have the habit of picking up iTunes gift cards when they go on sale, usually at a 20% discount. The closest equivalent you will find on the Play Store would probably be the Google Opinions Rewards app which credits you with Store credit in exchange for answering survey questions.
As some of may know from following this blog, I made the switch to Android in May which explains the discrepancy on mobile app purchases. As a heavy app purchaser, Google's 15-minute app refund policy was a huge boon for me. As much as I like to think that I have a keen eye for good apps, I will inevitably encounter some duds along the way. This generous policy is a huge win for consumers. Apple, what are you waiting for?
Another thing of note about mobile app purchases: Desktop and web apps were more than twice as expensive on average.
The only subscription-based purchase I made was Evernote. During a two-month span, I was teetering ever so quickly towards the storage limit as a free user. That was remedied by paying the $5/month subscription. As a user, I still favor buying apps for a one-time fee. Even if I pay more upfront, I enjoy the comforting feeling that I own the app no matter what happens in the future.
There were also two app "bundles" that I purchased. One of them was the MacHeist bundle, which consisted of 11 apps for $10. I no longer use any of those apps. Please learn from my naiveté and never buy a bundle again.
Do you know how much you spent on apps during 2013? Feel free to share in the comments below!