The Great iAd Experiment

So, anyone following Apple and the iPhone has probably heard about iAd, Apple’s mobile advertising platform. It’s kind of an intriguing idea because it essentially seeks to drive costs down for iPhone users by allowing app developers to receive some advertising revenue.

Well, the whole process is very interesting to me, and I’m going to try an experiment. For Quick Draw with Words, I have decided to put iAds in the free version.  To offset the addition of ads, I have added more features to the free version, and I have also made it iOS 4 compliant, adding things like multitasking. For instance, the game timer will stop if you multitask to a different app.

Anyway, the reason I am doing this is exactly the same reason that Apple has stated. I would love to give away more apps, and I think, if iAd is a success, that I may indeed make the game completely free.

I’d love to hear the community’s opinions on this. Do you mind seeing ads if it means that you get a full-featured product (or something close to it)?

3 Responses to “The Great iAd Experiment”

  1. Rex says:

    2 questions… can someone opt to buy without ad or get free with ads? this would give you good information on what the community wants without having them reply. and can I please get the scorekeeper for androids, we need something simple too.

  2. admin says:

    Rex, those are excellent questions. As for the first question, I guess it would depend on the community, and also the app. I think that the Disc Golf Scorekeeper, for instance, would not have much room for ads on the screen. Quick Draw works okay (at least for now), because it’s just a single ad on the title screen only.

    As for the second question, I’d love to do Android development, but I don’t have an Android device at the moment. Perhaps one day, I might have the means to look into it.

    Thanks for your interest!

  3. admin says:

    Well, the iAd supported version of the App should be live in the store now, as Apple indicated that it had been approved. It’ll be interesting to see how the experiment plays out.

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