How to Find iPad Apps On Sale

How to Get Cheap Apps for Your iPad

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It's a common tactic for app developers to put an app on sale for a few days or even mark give it away for free for a day or two. But it's not so easy to find these deals if you don't know where to look. Services like FreeAppaDay often just advertise apps that use the freemium model and are free every day, and it can take a lot of time to read the various blogs and websites looking for the latest sales. Luckily, there are a couple of ways to find apps on sale without taking a huge chunk of time out of your day.

AppZapp Pro tracks all of the price changes and puts them inside a rather slick (if sometimes unmanageable) interface. After a quick boot up, you'll be presented with a list of the latest sales. Each app includes how many thumbs up and thumbs down it has received from the AppZapp community alongside the standard App Store ratings. You can also see what the price was before it dropped.

Want to find out which apps have gone free for a few days? Just tap where the "Paid and Free" filter and narrow it down to Free. You can also narrow the list by category, so if you are mainly interested in Games or Sports or Entertainment, you can quickly find those apps.

The app detail page includes both the standard information you'll see in the App Store and comments by the AppZapp community. If you want to join in the fun, you can register with the app. One nice feature of this app detail page is the inclusion of videos of the app, though not all apps will include video.

Want to do your shopping from the web? AppShopper used to be one of the best shopping apps on the App Store, providing many of the benefits of AppZapp Pro, but it ran afoul of Apple's rules on app promotion. The website interface isn't quite as good as the old app, but it does have a lot of good features, including the ability to browse Mac apps as well as iOS apps.