I chuckled when I saw this comic strip, because it’s so darn true. I’m not going to lie, I don’t like spending for apps and I know that so many people out there don’t either.
I dislike buying apps because I know I’ve already spent so much on the iPod itself that I somehow feel entitled to get the apps for free. Apple has created some of the sleekest and most convenient gadgets of all time, but the price pretty steep. Once you go buy an Apple product, it just prompts you to spend continuously, whether it be for a screen protector, casing, upgrading the unit itself (I swear sometimes it feels like Apple upgrades their stuff every other month!), accessories—the list goes on. Apple is getting rich enough creating needs for people and I don’t want to add apps to my expenses.
So, for the longest time, I had no apps on my iPod. It was partly because I was lazy and scared of jailbreaking the unit and partly because I was thinking I was sticking it to the man. Then I tried jailbreaking (actually my boyfriend did it for me) and it worked without any glitches. I’m pretty happy about it, as I discovered that my iPod is awfully useful with more than just music in it.
But back to the strip, I realized that this mentality about apps is incredibly illogical, not to mention illegal. The apps organize and entertain for us, although they may not seem as “real” or tangible as other stuff. They give life to our gadgets, but we scrimp on them. Kind of unfair isn’t it?
Right now, it’s hard for me to reconcile all these considerations. Do you think apps should be paid for or do you think they should come free with the gadget?