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Apple Adds "Try Before You Buy" Section in iTunes

One of the major advantages to owning an Android device is the Android Market's liberal app return policy. You have 24 hours to try an app and return it for a full refund if it's not ringing your bells. And even though Apple puts each prospective app through a stringent approval process before letting it loose in the App Store, there are still those lame and wonky apps that end up being a regret later since you can't return them at all. Once you buy a dud app, you're out of luck.

So when Apple updated the App Store with a "Try Before You Buy" section last night (found in the new and bright yellow "Free On the App Store" section on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iTunes), I had a glimmer of hope that we were moving in the right direction.

See why I was a bit disappointed after the break.

I'd like to tell you that the "Try Before You Buy" section gives you a real opportunity to test out apps before you throw down your cash, but in reality, it's a collection of free and "lite" apps that you can download (with ads and all), with the option of upgrading to the full version of the app later if you choose to do so. It's kinda like things haven't changed at all in the App Store, other than giving us a list of apps that have both a free or "lite" version, along with a full paid version you can buy. It's helpful in the sense that it tells you which apps are "upgradable," but I can't help but get the feeling that the whole "try before you buy" title is kind of a smokescreen, since you still can't return the full-priced apps if you aren't satisfied. What do you think?

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