In this edition of "apps that you probably don't need by will likely buy anyway because they're cheaper than normal," we have some good picks. A music player, a realistic boxing title, a music-maker, and a couple of reverse-tower defense titles are all on sale at the moment.

Update: A lot more stuff has been added since the original post went up this morning. Newer stuff is at the bottom of the list.


There you go – a little something to help make it through another Tuesday. There's no word on when most of these deals are ending, so you better jump on 'em before the prices go back to normal.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Both Anomaly games are a MUST. Probably my favorite games ever on Android.

    • Nm

      Got Anomaly Korea from Humble Bundle for just 16 cents :p Totally worth it .

      • ChainsawCharlie

        You cheap bastard!

  • Nicolás Rezzano

    Add new music player Now Playing... Better than Shuffle +, half price, just out of beta

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Cheers, we'll add it.

      • Nicolás Rezzano

        Tha'ts great thanks!

    • Shahin Fadakar

      So I should grab that instead of Shuttle?

      • Nicolás Rezzano

        I'm guessing you should, ppl around forums and google+ said Shuttle+ stoll their design.

        • Raybo

          Strange, it appears Shuttle+ has been in development long before Now Playing. It also appears that Now Playing used code from Apollo and only credited them after this was discovered. Also not sure how one can steal a design based on the holo guidelines? Any sources to backup your accusations?

        • squiddy20

          I don't see how that's even remotely possible. A quick look at the aforementioned apps' Play Store pages reveals that Shuttle+ has been on the Play Store since at least January 20 (the first review of the app at version 1.2.2, which implies it was published even before that date), while Now Playing was uploaded to the Store just a few days ago.
          What a load of crap.

      • squiddy20

        No. If you have to grab one of these apps, grab Shuttle+. It has been found that the developer behind Now Playing took the free, open-source code from CyanogenMod's Apollo music player, modified it, and after a bit of a "beta" period on XDA, posted it to the Play Store for his own profit. I believe there'll be problems in the coming weeks for Now Playing.

    • Dennis

      Now Playing thread in XDA has been closed as the author copied the open source code from Cyanogen Apollo player and modded it to make this Now Playing app.

      • Tíghearnán Carroll

        Considering he has credited Apollo and the creator of Apollo in Now Playing, I don't see why this is a problem.

        • efan

          becaues he's making people pay for it?

        • squiddy20

          1. I don't see credit given anywhere on the app's Play Store page or anywhere throughout the entire 55 page XDA thread that Dennis mentioned (just did a search for "CM", "Cyanogen", and "Apollo").

          2. As efan points out, he's making money off of a slightly modified free app distributed by CM.

          You honestly don't see anything wrong with either of those?

          • Spittie

            You guys are totally missing the problem here (you and @efan).
            Apollo is released under the GPLv2+ license, like everything whiting Cyanogenmod. According to this license, I can totally take something released under it and sell it, even if I didn't wrote it. It's morally right? That's another issue, but the author know that when he released it under the GPL.

            The problem here is that, while I can sell that code, I have to share it under the same license. So while i can make you pay for a compiled .apk, you need to be able to get the source of it for free.
            Also the GPL states that any derivative work must be released under the same license.

            If you want a "bigger" example, just look at Red Hat Linux. You have to pay for it, but they release the source (yes, you pay for support too - and there are some free distro like CentOS based on that source).

            TL;DR: The problem is not that he's making you pay for it, but that he hasn't released the source. Not giving credits shouldn't be a problem here.

            For more informations, https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html

          • Tíghearnán Carroll

            He does credit them IN THE APP, like I said. Why would I lie about something like that? :P There is a section in the Now Playing app that gives "Special Thanks" to Andrew Neal, Apollo, and Cyanogenmod. He isn't just copying code, claiming it as his own, then selling it.
            Also, so what if he's making money of Now Playing? The code is open sourced, it's there to be copied, modified and repackaged. It isn't like he's ripping off a closed source application and charging for it, he's modifying open code and looking payment for his work. There is nothing wrong with that.

          • squiddy20

            Just because the code is open sourced, does not mean it's ok for someone to take that code, modify it a bit, push it out as his/her own work, and charge for it. If it were ok to do so, then explain why his XDA thread was closed and the mod who did it specifically cited using open source code and pushing it as his own as the reason? http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=40876706&postcount=547

          • Tíghearnán Carroll

            Yes it does, it's open sourced.. If he took the code, did nothing to it, set it up for purchase then claimed it was total innovation, then yes I'd agree with you. And he isn't claiming it's his own work as far as I can see, you know, since he's creating the devs of the open sourced code?

            Idk, XDA is odd with their forum rules. They deleted the Falcon Pro thread without warning for a while because the dev took it out of BETA and started charging for it, despite always stating from the very beginning that those where his intentions.

    • Nicolás Rezzano

      He DOES credit them in the APP since the very first release, he didn't just add the credits after thread in xda was closed, and he said long time ago it would be a paid app, and no one did or say anything, but now that it is in Play Store everyone started saying stuff just because his thread was closed, and they probably didn't even read. The only thing Jack Underwood has to do, is release the open-source code of his player, he can totally sell it if he does that.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    I love your new graphic for this!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks, courtesy of Liam.

  • weit

    Easy voice recorder ... just tested with my bluetooth headset.

    • Alex

      Just got Repulze. Very nice one!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Added both, thanks.

  • Chi Ho Kwok

    Oh, if you're doing a sales post anyway: DigiCal+ Calendar is on sale at $0.99 / €0.95 (-80% off) until Friday morning. Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digibites.calendarplus

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Just added it.

  • Kahil

    Glowfly for Android is also on sale for only $1.49, down from $1.99. Until the end of June we are donating proceeds to help those affected by the bombing in Boston.

  • Mehmet Fatih YILDIRIM

    Repulze is pretty pretty good, PSP like graphics like they say, I think its better than psp graphics!

  • zab

    The Bard's Tale 50%

  • Sam

    NFS Most Wanted and The Game of Life are also on SALE!!

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    AARRGGHH! I'm too late... T_T