Originally Posted by nht
Do you actually know any young people? Or ever torrented? Because this isn't some arcane unix thing that only geeks do.
If you must know, I'm 25. And I have indeed used torrents before. I understand it's not something only geeks do.
Younger with less income than old farts like me. $1.99 is nothing to me even if I bought a hundred of the things. When I was in college $1.99 is one (or two) less pitcher(s) of beer on Friday.
Now I can afford beer and apps without thinking about it.
And what makes you think that us younger folk are scraping the bottom of the barrel? I graduated college a few years ago and there are plenty of opportunities to earn money, especially while working for
the college itself. Believe it or not, not all of us look at the $1.99 as beer money. Besides, the Market's 24 hour refund period ensures that if it ends up not meeting your needs, then you can get your money back.
Also, consider purchasing a smartphone on Verizon, for example. You would have to put down $299.99 + tax up front
. And foot an $80 bill month to month. If you can foot this expense, then apps that cost a few dollars will be nothing. Otherwise, you have more important things that money should be going towards than a smartphone.
Gee that was hard. iOS piracy is simply considered far less of an issue for devs than on android. Thank god I'm not a android market dev but an enterprise android dev and can avoid all that market idiocy even if I make no revenue. All of my market apps would likely be free anyway and open sourced unless I wrote a game or something.
I have done this and the few sites that show up with stories are based off of measurements of individual apps. What I would personally like to see is an overall view of piracy.
And from reading those sites, the main idea I got was that it Android isn't fostering a "culture of piracy", if you will (the original point of my posts). But rather, most of it is because users prefer to use methods of payment that aren't currently available on the Market (PayPal, carrier billing, etc).
Another thought is that in most countries where the Market is not open yet, people are resorting to piracy in order to get the apps they want.
Both of these can be resolved by Google opening up the Market to more and more countries and adding in more forms of payment. Both of which it is actively doing. I believe that having these in place will determine whether or not Android's openness is actually fostering a "culture of piracy".
I'm talking about folks with a religious view on software. Disagree all you want but there are a lot of linux folks using Android because it is "free" and a deep seated bias against proprietary software which 90% of app are. Some of these folks have a pirated copy of Windows to dual boot into for games or whatever. Loading a few proprietary .apks is just shafting those evil closed source people out to sabotage their precious freedoms.
Okay, mostly these types of FSF zealots are kids but that also ties into that "lack-o-money" aspect. This provides them some ethical top cover for piracy.
Then yeah, we're talking about two different groups here. As you put it, I would consider those more "religious". Compared to the general user, one who tinkers with custom ROMs would be considered "hardcore".