Introducing MDM Deals 2.5 — the biggest change yet
I’m excited to implement some results from the latest survey, including all-new support for ebooks and a roadmap for 2020
Introducing MDM Deals 2.5 — the biggest change yet
I’m excited to implement some results from the latest survey, including all-new support for ebooks and a roadmap for 2020
The survey results are and I’ve been hard at work changing things in light of the results. Today I’m excited to announce the most significant change to MDM Deals to date–a change so big, in fact, that even the tagline of the website has changed. Ready? Drumroll please…
MDM Deals: Discover great deals on fantastic apps and books
Yup, that’s right: movies are gone and books are here. Read on to learn about 3 big changes to MDM Deals:
The survey results made abundantly clear that you weren’t so interested in movies. In fact, 80% of you said that you’d be happier without movies, so they’re gone. For the 5% of you who said you’d buy me a coffee for removing books, well…here ya go:
A significant majority of you said that you’d be interested in deals on ebooks–and so I’m excited to start curating ebooks this week! Ebooks will appear tonight on MDMDeals.com and I’ll be rolling them out to all 20+ channels over the course of the week. As always, I’ll do my best as I do to provide filtering options so you can ignore ebook deals if you like. Four other things to note as we get going:
I’ll be starting with Apple Books as they’re easiest for me to integrate in my system, but I’d love your feedback on where you buy your books.
I picked the arbitrary price point of $7.99 to begin curation. There may be occasions where I list books on sale for more than $7.99, but most will be $7.99 or less. I’d love your feedback on if that’s the right price point.
While there’s only a few million apps on the App Store, there are hundreds of millions of books. That makes deal curation all the more important, it also means my ebook curation will reflect my interests more than my app curation does. For example:
I’ll do my absolute best to curate to a general audience, so your feedback is super helpful, but you’ll definitely see my interests and personality reflected in ebook curation–for good and bad :-).
My present plan is to curate ebooks in the following genres. In alphabetical order:
At present, I intend to NOT curate the following genres:
*I’m interested in politics, but I don’t want to politicize MDM Deals by curating to my interests, nor will I attempt to keep choices “well-balanced,” so I’ll just ignore the category. I will, however, curate biographies of political leaders across the spectrum because we can all learn from the lives of people like Reagan, Clinton, Bush, & Obama.
See what I mean that this is way more personal than apps are? At the risk of being repetitive, I’d love your feedback on what genres interest you.
I really appreciate your feedback on the survey; it has been most helpful identifying ways that MDM Deals can do better going forward. As I have time to grow MDM Deals, here’s my initial priorities for 2020:
As always, your support of the site is very much appreciated! I run this all in my spare time and give up significant time each day to find and publish the deals for you. If you appreciate what I do, would you buy me a coffee or join my Patreon?
This week’s sponsor and giveaway is courtesy of my friend, Timothy Buck and his wife Alyssa, who have just released Decline, an absolutely gorgeous pack of hand-lettered iMessage stickers. You, like me, may not be a big iMessage sticker fan because so many of them are cheesy or dumb images that are too cutesy, too hard to remember where it was, or just plain dumb. But because Decline is none of those things–it is beautiful and has a clear use case–it now lives in my iMessage sticker draw.
Decline is all about saying no, in a wide spectrum of ways–coyly, unambiguously, politely, wittily, snarkily–but all of them beautifully. Check out the hand lettered designs (courtesy of Alyssa and her art studio):
I can’t prove this, but I’m pretty sure folks will be less offended when I say no if I say it so beautifully. What I do know is that Decline is way more useful to me than all of the other stickers I’ve used. Most of the time, they’re ugly–and when they’re not, I can’t remember what sticker is where. But Decline is different because it is precisely clear when to use the sticker and where it is. If I need to say no, I use Decline. Simple as that.
My great thanks to Decline for sponsoring MDM Deals this week–and for offering a giveaway of the sticker pack! To enter the giveaway, take this short survey on how I can improve MDM Deals. You might win a copy of Decline or even an App Store gift card! Take the survey to enter!
Say no, beautifully. Download Decline from the App Store today.
Just a couple days left to win some of the $60 I’m giving away
He’ll me out by taking this 9-question survey on how to improve MDM Deals—it takes an average of 4 minutes and you could win some of the $60 in gift certificates & promo codes I am giving away
Join the r/MDMDeals subreddit to see get deals in your timeline once a day.
I’m giving away $60 of App Store gift cards & app promo codes!
That’s right—$60 worth if giveaways—just take this 9-question survey to help me know how to make MDM Deals better. Thank you!
Help me with a survey and win!
There’s some big possible changes to MDM Deals coming up and I’d love your feedback on them! As a thank you, I’m giving away $60 worth of App Store gift cards & promo codes!
You may have noticed that the Xmas & New Year’s PowerPack was a recommended item on the monster list of Christmas & New Year’s deals — well, after publishing that list, the developer reached out to sponsor MDM Deals and I’m so glad he did, because there’s some really great items in this bundle that you don’t want to miss:
Not only is each individual app in the bundle 50% off–already a great deal–but if you buy the entire bundle, you get $311 worth of apps for just $64–that’s a whopping 79% off.
Supercharge your productivity in 2020 with the Xmas & New Year PowerPack. My thanks to the developers of this collection for sponsoring MDM Deals this week!
Christmas & New Year’s Deals are here!
I did it again—despite sick children, 10kb/sec internet, & travel—I looked through 2,500+ apps on sale for Christmas and curated just the best deals. There’s some great stuff here
Did you know I make no money from App Store affiliate links? Instead, I rely on people like you to keep this site up and running. Would you Buy Me a Coffee?
Follow @MDMDeals on Twitter to see deals; mute hash tags to filter the deals you want!
PSA: No deals today
I just got home after 14 hours of traveling & planes…and there’s no way I can get deals out today. However, I’m hard at work prepping the massive list of Christmas deals, so look for that very soon!
Have I saved you money? Would you keep this site running by Buying Me a Coffee?
Take a break from whatever and join MDM Deals on Discord!
Get 20% off of a $50 App Store & iTunes Gift Card. An excellent way to save 20% on everything on the App Store & iTunes: iCloud Drive, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, TV+, subscriptions, & more
Every day I curate deals, but I make no money from App Store affiliate links. If you appreciate what I do, would you Buy Me a Coffee?
Get MDM Deals right in your Instagram feed, featuring logos and descriptions for your convenience.
Best Buy has digital & physical gift cards for 20% off, $100 ↘️ $80
Support MDM Deals via Patreon and unlock rewards and perks for you!
Follow MDM Deals on Instagram to see gorgeous logos and movie covers.
There’s over 6,000 apps that are on sale for Black Friday. I’ve looked through them all, then curated & organized a list of just the best ones. Check it out and spread the word
Get custom emails of just the deals you want for the device(s) you own by supporting MDM Deals on Patreon!
🆕 The brilliantly designed digital magazine Flipboard now supports MDM Deals, with magazine options for All Deals, iOS, iPad, Mac, Movie, Game, & App Deals!
Due to heavy volume of deals, not all will make today’s email newsletter, but check in at the website and on this Black Friday page to see them all when it goes live in a few hours
I’m glad to announce the safe arrival of my third son—he and mother and doing really well. Light deals today because we’re still in the hospital, but these were too good to pass up. (You’re welcome).
My monster Black Friday deals list is coming up soon—if you haven’t bookmarked the page yet, do so now so you’re ready! Link below
Would you pledge to MDM Deals via Patreon to support this site and unlock great perks for you?
🆕 MDM Deals is now on Google Hangouts! Join the group today for deals once a day!
No new deals today because I’m in the hospital with a new baby on the way. Be back as soon as I can—in the meantime, wanna buy my wife a coffee? We’re sure gonna need it the next few days (who am I kidding, months)
🆕 Back from the edged is Kik—and now with a MDM Deals group too! Join today!
Any day now, my wife will give birth to our third son and I’ve been hard at work getting the rest of this update finished before our little bundle of joy arrives. After lots of effort, it’s here, featuring support for iPadOS, a better Reddit, refinements, movie improvements, 7 new channels to follow, and new ways to support MDM Deals!
Apple separated iPadOS from iOS this summer, and MDM Deals now supports this, separating iOS items from iPadOS items. Here’s what you’ll see new:
Note: Apple’s change means that following an iOS channel will no longer include iPad-exclusive apps that do not run on iPhone. I’m working on creating new options so you can get deals all in one place if you own an iPhone and iPad, but it’s pretty complex to do that. In the meantime, the “all deal” options will always include both!
I dug into the data on movies and found out that none of you buy movies when they’re $9.99 per film. As a result, I will publish deals when the price per film is less than $9.99, unless it’s a movie that never goes on sale or a really fantastic film. You should see fewer movies going forward–but what you see should interest you more.
Also, there’s a new RSS feed if all you care about is movie bundles. Subscribe to the Movie Bundle only RSS feed here.
The largest community of fans are over on Reddit, so I’ve worked hard to make it a better experience. Here’s the improvements you’ll see!
One of what makes MDM Deals different from other sites is I don’t make you come to my site every day to get the best deals–instead, I publish deals nearly everywhere so that you can get deals coming to you, no matter where on the internet you call home. MDM Deals 2.3 is no exception and comes with new places to get deals!
Flipboard – The brilliantly designed digital magazine now supports MDM Deals, with magazine options for All Deals, iOS, iPad, Mac, Movie, Game, & App Deals
Google Hangouts* – The group chat by Google, now with a MDM Deals group chat channel for your convenience. Deals delivered once a day.
KakaoTalk* – One of the most popular messenger apps worldwide, now with a MDM Deals group to find the deals you want. Deals delivered once a day; notifications available.
Viber* – Good ole’ Viber, now with a MDM Deals group for getting deals once a day delivered to you. Set up notifications so you never miss another deal!
Kik* – Recently resuscitated from an untimely end, Kik is back and after tons of work, MDM Deals supports it. Deals are delivered once a day.
JioChat* – Popular in India, but useful around the world, now with a MDM Deals group where deals come in once a day.
Voxer* – Not just for voice messages, you can join this MDM Deals group to get deals coming to you once a day via text.
*Because there is no way to automate these channels, I publish to them manually. If more than 5 people use the channel, I’ll keep them–but if not, it’s not worth the time to manual post there.
Phew, that was a lot, but there’s one thing more! Since Apple ended the affiliate program, I’ve relied even more on readers like you to support MDM Deals and its continued development. Until now, though, the only way to do that was via a Patreon monthly pledge, but not everyone likes a monthly charges. I get it. That’s why I’m excited MDM Deals is now on Buy Me a Coffee!
This site is coffee-developed and coffee-fueled (in fact, I’ve got a mocha frappe with me right now). If I’ve saved you money or help you discover an app, would you buy me a coffee?
Thanks so much for following and for your support!
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Quick bit of news: there will be no deals tomorrow, Wednesday 8/7/19. I normally can arrange my life in such a way to carve out of it a space for finding, curating, and posting deals, but not tomorrow. I should be back Thursday and will catch up then. Thanks!
With MDM Deals 2.2 released, I’m hard at work at expanding into several new channels, including Viber, Skype, KakaoTalk, Voxer, JioChat, and Kik. If you are on any of those platforms, I’d love your help to test publishing deals there! Learn more and sign up on the beta page! My thanks in advance to anyone who helps out with the beta channels!
Best Buy has $50 App Store & iTunes physical & digital gift cards on sale right now for Best Buy members (join for free here). That means you can get the card for just $40—it says limit one per customer but I was able to get two (your results may vary).
I always jump on deals like this because it means you can functionally save 20% on everything else you purchase, including iCloud storage, Apple Music, & subscriptions.
Save more by signing up for the Best Buy credit card—a card I actually have and use—it’ll give you 10% off your first day of purchases and an extra 5% off every other day.
Never miss a deal by signing up to get deals by email 100% free!
This update releases 9 new channels and updates 5 channels where you can subscribe to MDM Deals! Check out brand new channels like WhatsApp, Flickr, Discord, Facebook Groups, and more—and see the updates to existing channels like Mastodon, Pinterest, Telegram, Tumblr, and Line!
I have been SUPER hard at work the last month or so working on MDM Deals 2.2 (codenamed “cheesegrater with wheels”) and I’m excited to release it to you all today! One of the principles that guides me in creating MDM Deals is that I want it to be as seamless as possible for you to get deals–that means publishing them to every social network or channel that presents a good experience and which is technically and financially possible.
There’s a ton of social networks out there–in fact, my list of possible channels for MDM Deals started with over 100 different apps and social networks. Unfortunately, many of them were financially or technically viable for MDM Deals (and some are ones I simply don’t want to support), so I whittled it down a few dozens channels–many of them are in development, but I’m excited to announce that nine new channels are ready for release today–along with updates to five former channels. That means that, altogether, MDM Deals now publishes to twenty-five different channels (so there’s no excuse to not be subscribed somewhere. I mean, seriously).
With no further adieu, here are the nine new channels and five updated channels!
Join the MDM Deals chat group where you receive one message a day that contains all the deals publish that day. It’s secure, neat, and easy, with custom notifications you can set so you never miss a deal as it comes in. Join the WhatsApp group!
The popular photo-sharing service now has a MDM Deals channel! See beautiful app logos, movie artwork, and descriptions alongside the other artists in your stream. Follow the Flickr channel!
I’ve long had a MDM Deals Facebook Page, but I’m not excited to say there is a MDM Deals Group, a more intimate (and reliable) way of being notified about the same deals on the MDM Deals page. Join the Facebook group today!
The rising social network without the problems of the bigger ones. MDM Deals has its own sphere that you can join–you’ll be invited to join after you click to join the MDM Deals Whaller sphere!
The Slack competitor that’s simpler and cleaner. If you’re already on a Flock team, add MDM Deals to get the deals coming to you there as well! Join MDM Deals on Flock!
The group-chat-focused app is now a place where you can get MDM Deals coming to you automatically each day, right alongside your other chats. Join MDM Deals on GroupMe!
While focused on workplace chat, Chatwork makes it easy to follow multiple groups, so if you use Chatwork, join the MDM Deals group to see deals alongside your existing chats! Join MDM Deals on Chatwork!
A simple and elegant group chat where you can see MDM Deals coming in alongside your existing chats, complete with app logos and previews of links. Join MDM Deals on Fleep!
Below are channels that have been around, but I’ve recently made updates to improve them. If you’re using these services and haven’t followed MDM Deals on them yet, it’s time to give them another look!
Now with improved, bold titles, hashtags, and a cleaner interface–and still with it’s encrypted chat and custom notifications, Telegram is an even better place to follow MDM Deals. Join the Telegram chat!
One of the newest channels to MDM Deals, it’s one I’m proud to support for its community ownership and privacy focus. Your data isn’t collected, doesn’t go to privacy-destroying companies, and won’t be used to sell ads to you. Follow MDM Deals on Mastodon!
If you use Line, make sure to join the MDM Deals group on Line where you can be notified as deals come in. It’s been updated so deals come in more regularly and reliably, in the background. Join MDM Deals on Line!
One of the more popular MDM Deals channels has just been upgraded to get deals more reliably and regularly. You can still sign up to follow just the boards you want and filter out the rest. Follow MDM Deals on Pinterest!
Porn is gone from Tumblr (yay), but MDM Deals remains–now with improvements to get deals there more reliably and faster (sorry about those gaps in coverage)! Follow the MDM Deals Tumblr!
Last chance to enter the giveaway of Sudoku Master Edition, an Sudoku game app repeatedly featured by Apple for its brilliant design.
LinkedIn MDM Deals Company page to get deals in your stream.
Featured by Apple for its painstaking design and excellent customizations, Sudoku Master Edition is the best place to play Sudoku. I missed the correct link for the giveaway in the precious post, but here’s the correct link for you to enter the giveaway
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Sudoku Master Edition is a Sudoku puzzle app featured by Apple for its painstaking design and customizations that make it better than Sudoku on paper. Read more about Sudoku Master Edition and enter a drawing to unlock it’s IAP for free!
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A Sudoku puzzle app featured by Apple for its painstaking design and customizations that make it better than Sudoku on paper. Read more and enter a giveaway to unlock it’s IAP for free!
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I love quick “brain games” as a way to take a quick break but without turning off my brain, using using it in a different way. There’s a bunch of games that fit this category well, but perhaps none is as long-standing or popular as Sudoku, the excellent number-based puzzler. And of all the ways to play Sudoku on your iPhone or iPad, you can’t do better than Sudoku Master Edition: Logic for its excellent gameplay and Apple-featured design. Read to learn more and enter a special giveaway sponsored by the developers!
Sudoku is a classic game that needs no fixing, but when you complete a Sudoku on an iPhone or iPad rather than paper, there’s some things you can do to make the experience even better. The developers have thought these through so that Sudoku is even better on iOS than on paper. For example, when you fill in a square with a number, Sudoku ME can automatically remove that number from your notes in the square’s corresponding box, line, and column. Similarly, Sudoku can optionally fill in the last number in a box, line, or column to speed up that last no-brainer entry. Likewise, Sudoku can prevent you from entering a wrong number. All of these are optional settings–you can be entirely purist, mimicking a paper experience–but the subtle combination of those settings is that you spend more time solving the Sudoku puzzle and less time doing boring menial tasks. I find Sudoku way better as a result.
Whether you’re a Sudoku expert or beginner, whether you like assists or are a purist, Sudoku ME is the app for you, with five levels of difficulty (let me tell you, “Master” is wicked hard) and several different modes: Classic, Zen, Lightning, and Mistake Mode. The developers worked hard so that the defaults are excellent and you can jump right in playing–but they also enabled a bunch of features you can individually customize: 26 fonts, custom grid line weights, dozens of colors, Dark Mode, multiple game board sizes–even 13 different app icons so you can match your home screen style! All beautifully and tastefully done, with an excellent eye towards a clean design.
That beautiful design is probably why Apple has featured them as Game of the Day multiple times and in over 40 different countries and featured the developers in a “Meet the Developers” story! The developers aren’t resting on their laurels, though. In fact, since they last sponsored MDM Deals a bit over a year ago, they’ve pushed out 20–yes, twenty–updates to the their app, adding in features like optional Daily Reminders, Screen Always On, a new game difficulty algorithm, Apple Pencil 2 double-tap support, and more. Put simply, I’ve never seen a better Sudoku game on iPhone.
Sudoku Master Edition: Logic is free download and play, with unobtrusive ads you can remove via a single IAP. I’m excited to say that the developers are giving away an IAP unlock code 100% free to five lucky MDM Deal fans. Three codes will be for the winner of the giveaway open to all MDM Deals fans and two codes will be reserved for Patrons of MDM Deals.
Last chance! Apollo is a delightful, beautifully designed, lightning-fast Reddit client designed by a former Apple employee to feel right at home on iPhone. Read more about Apollo and how to enter the giveaway to win Apollo Ultra for life!
Apollo is a delightful, beautifully designed, lightning-fast Reddit client designed by a former Apple employee to feel right at home on iPhone.
Get custom emails of just the deals you want for the device(s) you own by supporting MDM Deals!
There’s a bajillion Reddit apps on iOS and when I first started using Reddit, I tried–and paid–for bunches of them. They stunk. Some were just plain ugly, others made common actions difficult, and still others felt like an Android app masquerading as an iOS app. My search ended when I found Apollo, an absolutely delightful, beautifully designed Reddit client that feels right at home on iOS. Read on about Apollo–and how to win Apollo Ultra for life absolutely free!
The difference between a good app and a great app is in its design–not just how it looks, but how it works. Apollo is beautifully designed, not just that looks and feels right on iPhone–no surprise, given that its developer used to work for Apple!–but also that it works seamlessly and intuitively, especially for common actions you do browsing Reddit. Seriousy–Reddit on Apollo is better than Reddit anywhere else. Here’s just a few things I love:
Votes and comments. Voting and commenting–so central to Reddit–are areas where Apollo shines. Customizable gestures means you can upvote, downvote, or comment with just a swipe. Fast and easy. Even better, color-code comments so you don’t get lost in threads–and set custom actions to collapse comments and threads with just a tap. It is SO great to tap and collapse an entire comment thread. Beautiful.
Fast navigation. Apollo puts your most-used items just a tap away, with tabs at the bottom to see posts, inbox, profile, search, and settings–and a Jump Bar at the top to switch between Reddits with ease. I love how I can set favorite subreddits and get to them with a single tap and it’s lightning fast subreddit search, getting you the sub you want with just a few letters.
There’s more I could say–like its gorgeous Dark Mode, baked-in accessibility, ad-free display–but really, you should just download and use Apollo for free. Unlock the Pro version for a few bucks to get bunches of custom icons, fully customizable gestures (highly recommend!), and other cool features. I’m a Pro customer and it’s well worth it.
And just for MDM Deals fans, the developer is sponsoring a giveaway of 4 Apollo Ultra lifelong subscriptions! Ultra gives you all the Pro features, as well as realtime notifications, app theming, custom icons, and more! 4 lucky winners will get this for life!
Two winners will be from among the thousands of MDM Deal fans–enter the contest for free. Another two codes will go to the much smaller group of MDM Deal Patrons. Support MDM Deals on Patreon for just a buck and immediately improve your odds of winning by about 200%. If you’ve been on the fence about a patronship, there’s never been a better time to join!
My thanks to Apollo–the delightful, beautifully designed Reddit client–for supporting MDM Deals.