My iPad has pages and pages of apps that cost money to download from the Apple iTunes App Store. However, I didn’t pay a nickel for almost all of them. No, I didn’t do anything illegal, nor am I recommending that you jailbreak your device and install pirated apps (that wouldn’t be good digital citizenship, would it?) What I am doing is keeping an eye on several of the many services out there that monitor the iTunes store for any paid apps that temporarily drop their price to free. These free deals typically last for only a few hours or a few days, but by watching the following services can land you some great paid apps for free. Here are the four that I use most often:
Free Apps via Twitter:
I follow a Twitter account – http://twitter.com/appsgonefree. When a paid app becomes free in the iTunes App Store, I receive a tweet from this service. I have filled my iPad with interactive books and other great educational apps. OK, yeah…and a few games. It’s the only Twitter account I’ve set up to also send me a text message because some of the free deals only last a couple of hours.
Appshopper is a great site to visit when I am looking for previously paid apps that have gone free. Their website is laid out very well and is easy to use. You’ll notice from the image below, you can select your iOS device or choose to see all of the free choices available to you.
App Chronicles is a, iOS app review website, but they have a great “gone free” page. At App Chronicles, they do not list as many free apps as AppShopper does, but the free apps they list are very high quality apps. While you’re there, check out the app trailers and reviews as they have a ton of other great information available.
Free app alert does nothing but list paid apps that just became free and it does it well. One the home page, you’ll find free apps for today. At the bottom of the page, you can click on “previous day” to see older free apps. Keep in mind though, these older apps may not longer be free, but you might get lucky.
You can also follow free app alert on Twitter at http://twitter.com/freeappalert
While all of these services are similar, they do not all list the same apps each day. The Apps Gone Free twitter account seems to be the most current and up to date throughout the day.
Have a site or service that you use to get free apps? Share it in the comments.