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Last week we asked for your opinions regarding paid apps Do You Buy Apps For Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Buy Apps For Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll] To this day, many users don't pay for apps unless they really have to, and will only download an app if it's free. For some reason, we would readily buy a drink for $5, but... Read More . It’s easy to go through life without paying for apps, but it’s just as easy to spend a fortune on them. What’s the middle ground? And where do you stand in all this? The poll, and especially the comments, revealed some interesting results.

Out of 417 votes in total, only 8% have no problem with buying apps and do so all the time; 16% buy apps sometimes; 20% of the voters buy apps often, if the app they want is good; 24% NEVER buy apps at all; and 32% of the readers who voted buy apps rarely, only if the app is truly excellent and there are no free alternatives.

The only thing missing from this poll is a correlation to mobile OSes. Do you think iOS users buy more apps than Android users?

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by MZK Do You Buy Apps For Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Buy Apps For Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll] To this day, many users don't pay for apps unless they really have to, and will only download an app if it's free. For some reason, we would readily buy a drink for $5, but... Read More , who told us all about his app-buying policy. It’s an interesting read, and it also won him one of our coveted and geeky MakeUseOf t-shirts! Lucky him.



This week’s poll question is: Do You Use BitTorrent?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

Last week, my fellow author Justin Pot wrote an interesting article with some enlightening facts about BitTorrent 4 Things You Didn't Know About BitTorrent 4 Things You Didn't Know About BitTorrent What do you think of when you hear the word “BitTorrent”? It probably depends on who you are. If you're an average Internet user, you think of free stuff. If you’re the president of a... Read More . If you haven’t read it, and think you know all about BitTorrent, I highly recommend it, but the bottom line of it is that BitTorrent is a protocol, and as such, is not necessarily illegal. It can be used to download all types of things, from pirated movies to completely legal Linux distributions.

So now you know that answering “yes” to this poll doesn’t automatically make you a criminal. BitTorrent is not illegal by itself, it’s just some files that are illegal. With that in mind, do you use BitTorrent in your everyday life? You don’t have to tell us what you use it for! (our polls our completely anonymous, we have no way to trace who answered and what they voted for.)

Since this is a touchy subject for some, I don’t expect you to discuss your reasons in the comments. It would be great if you do that, though, as this could make for a truly interesting discussion. Have some opinions to share? By all means, share them in the comments!

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  1. Kalin
    September 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Whenever an MMO offers an option to download the full client via torrent, I take that option. No chance of corrupted files, easy pausing and resuming, potentially faster speed.

  2. Linda R
    August 13, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I'm not one who never spends money on apps, software or anything else computer related. Sometimes I feel like I'm being nickel and dimed to death. Bit torrent helps me find a few things I either can't find elsewhere or the cost is prohibitive. Hidden costs are everywhere. "Freeware" usually comes with tons of spam to "upgrade". There is no reason to expect developers to hand out free movies, books everyone but there's no need to bleed us dry either.

  3. hotdoge3
    July 26, 2013 at 10:18 am


  4. Rudi N
    July 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I've put forward my point of view on this before, it's better to try before you buy rather than spending lots of money on disappointment. It's all well and good trying to use a demo version of a game or software, where usually the best features are blocked - usually these are the features that are the deciding factor in whether you should make the purchase. So, what if you could try out an un-restricted demo version of your next-favourite-to-be game or your next suite of go-to software? I know for me, 9 times out of 10 I end up paying up if something really has impressed me. Especially when it comes to games and Steam's recent Summer Sales :-) got around 25 titles for less than double as many pounds sterling - that's a bargain by any measure!

  5. Lisa O
    July 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Yes, I do. It's the best way to download Linux live CDs, but occasionally I do use it for shadier purposes. I don't use BitTorrent too often aside from downloading Live CDs, preferring direct downloads except when the file is too large.

  6. Paul-kristjan A
    July 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

    As it's aid in many torrent files' Readme's, I buy after I make sure it's good enough for me

  7. KMFDM_Kid2000
    July 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Yes because I'm a dirty, dirty pirate, and if it's free, it's for me. It's not stealing either. I hate when people say it is. Is it wrong? I don't care if it is or isn't. No one's going to convince me otherwise, not because you don't have valid points, or I'm just too closed minded to listen to them, but you don't have a point that's better to me than free stuff. I wouldn't have bought 99% of what I download. And yes, I go to the actual theater to see the big flicks. Then I download it when a good copy comes out. I do contribute to the machine, but maybe now what I contribute may be 5% (guess?) of what I used to.

    I don't even feel bad about it. Yaaarrrrrr.

  8. Starria T
    July 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I use it for anime. I review anime [for a living?] and I don't have the kind of connection where I can just sit on Crunchyroll all day and stream it- besides that Crunchyroll doesn't always stream the anime I like to watch. I grab a torrent from a sub group and download it. I review it, then delete it. If it's a really excellent anime, I make plans to buy it if it's available in the states.

  9. null
    July 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I use USENET to do most of my downloads. Since I can use https for my usenet servers, my ISP doesn't know what I'm doing, and can't throttle my usage.

  10. Jeff Fisher
    July 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Use it whenever possible. Usually it's the fastest way of downloading. When used with TOR and checksum function, it becomes one of the safest and accurate ways to download.

  11. Druv B
    July 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I use it from time to time when sending large files that are over 25MB. Bear with me saying that 25MB is large because our maximum internet speed is 1Mb/s. Thats about 125KB/S in theory. Emailing takes too much time to attach, and there's the maximum file size to upload. So we are left with BitTorrent for file sharing. Sure there are other client that can do the job, but BitTorrent seems to always use every available bandwith to download and send files.

  12. Scott M
    July 22, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I torrent things that I can't get from services I already pay for. I put out bucks for good TV packages, buy good software when I can as well as the books that I want.

    After a period of very high torrenting and collecting everything imaginable, I decided to follow a new mantra.

    You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just may find, you get what you need.

    • Jan M
      July 29, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      stolen from joe jackson.... give back the t-shirt

      • Bruce J
        July 30, 2013 at 2:30 am

        That's the Rolling Stones, though Joe Jackson's lyrics were somewhat similar.

    • Jan M
      July 29, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      and the rolling stones..

  13. James K
    July 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I use bittorrent to check out software. If I don't like it, it is uninstalled, if I do, I ALWAYS pay for the full version. Most of the time, 'trial' software is very limited and doesn't allow you to use many of the features. I can use the bittorrent protocol to test the software thoroughly.

  14. John C
    July 22, 2013 at 3:21 am

    I only use it when it's the only download option.

  15. gigakid
    July 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Torrent all day Errday

  16. Dan
    July 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I use BT constantly. It's the only reason why I have a wired broadband connection. I was happy using dial-ups until I discovered BT in 2002-03. I had used cable for its fat download BW, but I learned to be an ethical leecher when private trackers became the rage, so I moved to a SDSL connection. It's a tad slower but at least I was following the BT mantra "sharing is caring".

    I use a bandwidth monitoring program in my PC, to ensure that all possible upload and download bandwidth is used by BT. In fact, I get antsy when my bandwidth is under-utilized. It's like I'm not getting my money's worth. Broadband isn't cheap where I live, but at least it's uncapped.

    Through the years of using BT, I have killed 3 to 4 hard drives. Too many read-writes, my PC running constantly (even overnight), and the balmy tropical weather, have taken its toll on my hardware.

    What do I download? Like the NSA, I hoover everything! Almost everything half-interesting I have downloaded and archived. I started with buying bulk CDs and DVDs by the spindle-full, but now I have moved on to portable HDDs which are cheap and plentiful. If I had the funds, I'd build my own archiving complex in Utah. ;-) I have probably perused only about 10% of everything I download.

    It's a sickness, I know. But I can't let expensive bandwidth go to waste. That would be almost criminal IMO.

  17. rubberman
    July 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I use bittorrent when it is to only option available to download what I want. I have downloaded 'illegal' software mainly for testing the 'full' version before putting out cash for something that I end up not liking or wanting. Mostly I find perfectly legal free software that does what I want as well as, or often better than, the costly stuff which far too often is bloated and over complicated with features, bells and whistles that I don't need... to justify the dollars they charge I guess.

    I also use bittorrent, now and then, to get an episodes of a TV series that I missed.

  18. dragonmouth
    July 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I'm a Luddite, I don't use torrents. :)

    • Howard B
      July 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Then why are you using a computer? :)

      • dragonmouth
        July 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        Because smoke signals and abacus are just too slow. :P

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