& you would've thought that it was a reason to go to Starbucks if you didn't like the coffee, but McDonalds could offer a virtual gift for that Happy Meal to all the kids who have a Smartphone & would like to play Angry McBirds...
[citation][nom]jackbling[/nom]I would say this is a direct answer to the amazon offering....i find it hard to believe apple would have been moving forward to independently set a standard for giving away something they could sell.[/citation]
?? they've been doing it for years with iTunes track of the week as the article pointed out.
As far as the developer goes-- they're probably agreeing to it. Developers put their apps on sale [or for free] for a limited time alot. They give it away for a week, more people use it, they move up the 'top seller' charts a bit and perhaps ultimately make up for it later.
Maybe they also have some in app purchases that they figure can also help make the money up?