In recent months, I’ve stopped listing prices for apps in handouts and blog posts. I’ve had the chance to talk to a few readers about this change, and I wanted to address why I am no longer listing prices. This has been especially frustrating to teachers trying to set up “purchase lists” for their iPad projects, and searching for prices creates several more steps in the purchase order process.
First, App prices are dynamic and always changing. Some apps seem to come out at a certain price and stay there forever, others are released at a special price and increase in price later. Some go up and down on a regular basis.
Take Notion, for example. It is a $14.99 app that started as a $.99 app for the first day, and has been on sale recently for $6.99. Which price should I list? If you missed the original $.99 sale, how do you feel when the app is listed at $14.99? Or if you pay $14.99, how do you feel when the app goes on sale for $6.99?
The best bet, when trying to find the price of an app, is to simply find it in iTunes, and see what the going price happens to be.
Second, Apple has a policy in their iBookstore that you cannot list prices for apps in your books, most likely because of the dynamic pricing scheme of the App Store in the first place. So when I wrote Practical Technology for Music Education in the iBooks format, I had to remove all prices. Every app listed in the iBook has a link to the iTunes store.
As I go back and update FAQs and other “permanent” items on this blog, I’ll be removing prices, but always including links so you can click and find out the current price for an app.