MLB Thinks Most Android Users Are Too Cheap to Buy a Baseball App

MLB.com's online streaming is pretty huge among fans—1.5 million subscribers so far. But Android users haven't exactly been invited to the ballpark, with only a paltry 11 devices supported. The reason? Baseball thinks Android users won't pony up.

In an interview with All Things D, the head of MLB.com put it tactfully: "The Android user typically is less likely to buy, and therefore the ROI on developing for Android is different than it is for Apple...The iPhone and iPad user is interested in buying content–that's one of the reasons they bought the device. The Android buyer is different."

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Different how? Different in that they won't buy stuff, is what's to be inferred here. So, Android users, do you think that describes you? Batter up. [All Things D]

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I'm an Android owner and I've bought an app or two.

But I think a lot of Android users are hesitant about plunking down change for an app unless they've had a chance to demo it and see what quality it is. If the app is good enough, even Android owners will purchase it.

Of course, you also have the other specters that haunt the Android platform. Namely, an app that works great on one phone might not work so hot (or at all) on another due to hardware differences, fragmentation of the OS, etc.

I think this is why Android owners gravitate toward free apps. If you download a free app and it doesn't work, then the only thing you've really lost is time. If you pay for an app, sometimes you're out money, especially when it's an app that takes longer than fifteen minutes to install and really test drive.