iPhone users not using apps

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iPhone users not using apps

A study into the way people used downloaded iPhone applications has shown that most are barely used after downloading.

The research, from analytics firm Pinch Media, showed that only 30 per cent of people who downloaded an application from the Apple App Store actually used it within a day of installing it, and the figures were even worse for software that was free.

“Paid applications generally retain their users longer than free applications, although the drop-off is still pretty steep,” said the company.

“Users stop using the average applications pretty quickly. Long-term audience are generally one per cent of total downloads.”

The findings, presented at the New York iPhone Developers Meetup, contains worrying news for software developers of the platform.

The bulk of applications have a very short half life and most are abandoned by users relatively quickly.

While users value paid applications more than free ones the usage rates barely differ.

Price however is important for getting downloads.

Dropping the price of an application increases demand for it by 130 per cent the company said, while raising the price cuts downloads by 25 per cent.

Advertising within applications was not as effective as charging for the initial download according to the data.

Advertising rates are so low that it is better to charge for the application rather than rely on revenues from long term users watching adverts.

In the short term sports applications were the most popular among users the study found.

However, in the long term is is games that hold user's interest.

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