Originally Posted by sonick
I believe free apps have always had ads, except its via the company that Apple bought for iAd. I know free Android Apps have banner ads and such. It's not very intrusive in my experience with the Android ones.
I have played a couple free games with ads, they're annoying as fuck. On the whole, this encapsulates my dislike of the new Apple philosophy. My girlfriend loves playing flash games on her laptop. These are, of course, banned by Apple on her iPod touch so she has to either pay for games or download free ones that are brimming with ads. Imagine if every time you browsed the net you had to pay for each site you visited or got subjected to a popup without fail; same damn thing. At least between adblock and flashblock I can do something about ads on my browser, but there's no recourse on an Apple device. Anyway, as someone else said, the risk is that ads will make their way into paid apps as well. Or worse, we'll have the tiered app system, where paying above a certain amount gets you ad-free, below that 50% ad-free, and below that there's no point. Jesus H Murphy, what a future.
EDIT: To be fair, this is not 100% an Apple problem. Everything seems to be going this direction. DLC for video games had another name when I was growing up -- bonus levels. Now you have to pay extra for the same damn thing.