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Only 20% of iPad apps free

With more than 3000 specialised apps launched alongside the iPad, the majority of them don't come cheap.

As the iPad App Store continues to grow at a fast pace, TechCrunch reported that there are more than 3000 apps in the App Store and most of them are paid apps (2523 paid and 599 free).

Games are the most prominent, with 942 total iPad apps, of which 804 are paid apps. And of the 154 book apps available, nearly all are paid apps.

The average price of apps is $US4.99, a significant rise from most iPhone apps. The total cost of every iPad app in the store rings up to a whopping $US12,572.

Newspapers and magazines have also set their prices high, with Time magazine’s iPad app costing $US4.99 per issue and a Wall Street Journal iPad subscription ringing up at $US17.29 per month.

MacGuide previously wrote about the inflated prices of iPad apps, but most consumers are hoping that app prices will start to fall as developers eventually drop prices, as they did with iPhone apps when the device was introduced.

As users start to decide how much they’re willing to spend on apps, developers and content providers will start to take note and adjust prices accordingly, meaning that the app store could be priciest now as there’s not yet an expected norm when it comes to app pricing.

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