Sep 8th, 2011

Some time ago, we reported on GetJar Gold, a service that would be comparable to Amazon’s free paid apps of the day. There was a twist, however – they would offer more than one free paid game at a time. There are 50 free paid apps in their Gold store right now and they say more will be added every day.

GetJar aims to cut the legs from beneath Amazon by offering a model far more desirable for developers. Instead of paying developers a portion of the revenue from a sale after a user buys an app, GetJar will pay the developers for each download. Developers get more downloads and more money because users aren’t being asked to open their wallets. That’s probably why developers of 50 different paid apps were eager to jump on and why GetJar’s got lots more lined up.

GetJar’s pockets are lined up with developers who pay for their apps to surface to the top of listings. Sponsored listings will cost $1.50-$2.00. I’m not exactly sure how that’ll work out in the long run for GetJar (say they have to pay 5$ to a developer after giving them a premium listing for less than half that amount), but they must know what they’re doing. Users can get in on the GetJar Gold gravy train over at their website starting today.