While the iPad is flying off the shelf....there is nearly no discussion regarding apps piracy on the device.
According to PocketGamer.biz, apps piracy on the iPad could be much higher than originally believed... Early figures from Qwiboo, of Aqua Globs HD, a $1.99 game released less than 10 days ago, this game is experiencing a 50% piracy rate. In other words, 5 out of 10 users of the game simply decided not to buy the app, but are using it.
As TUAW puts is, this number should be taken with a grain of salt, as a large number of pirates wouldn’t have purchased the game in the first place anyway. Still, the number is significant, and Qwiboo’s experience is unlikely to be unique. Providing a “lite” or free version of paid apps, with an in-app purchase method may be the best way to get potential piracy wannabees to decide that the app is worth paying for.