MDM Deals 2.5: The biggest change yet

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:

Bye bye movies

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:

Hello, books

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:

eBook Store

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.

Price

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.

Curation

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 have no interest or expertise in Romance novels, so you’ll never see those
  • I love history and biographies, and because my history interests are more about US and China, you’ll see more of that

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 :-).

Book genres

My present plan is to curate ebooks in the following genres. In alphabetical order:

  • Biography & memoir
  • Business & personal finance
  • Fiction (more rare, mostly best sellers & classics)
  • History
  • Lifestyle & home (more rare, but Marie Kondo deserves to be curated)
  • Mystery & thrillers (more rare, but Tom Clancy deserves appearances)
  • Non-fiction
  • Parenting (more rare)
  • Professional & technical (more rare)
  • Reference
  • Religion & spirituality (more rare)
  • Sci-Fi & fantasy
  • Science & nature

At present, I intend to NOT curate the following genres:

  • Cookbooks
  • Fiction (apart from best-selling or classic works)
  • Graphic novels
  • Health, body, & mind
  • Politics*
  • Romance
  • Sports & recreation
  • Travel & adventure
  • Wine & food

*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.

2020 priorities

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:

  • Develop ebooks into a full-fledged part of MDM Deals
  • The launch of something I’m calling Dealworthies, which I can’t wait to tell you about.
  • Adding paid custom price drop alerts so you can choose to be alerted when a specific item goes on sale

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?

Thanks!

MarkDMill

Decline: Say no, beautifully [sponsor]

Decline Sticker pack

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):

Decline features 25 gorgeous hand lettered ways to say "no"

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.

Get it on the App Store today!

The Xmas & New Year PowerPack – 11 apps to supercharge your 2020 [sponsor]

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:

  • Aeon Timeline – The timeline tool for creative writing, project and case management. Normally $50, now 50% off
  • Tumult Hype 4 – Create. Animate. HTML5. Standard Edition. Normally $50, now 50% off
  • Unclutter – Files, Notes & Clipboard Manager for Mac. Normally $20, now 50% off
  • TaskPaper 3 – Plain text to-do lists for Mac. Normally $25, now 50% off
  • Better Zip 4 – The Next Generation of Archiving. Normally $25, now 50% off
  • Sip – Color Picker & Organizer for Mac. Normally $10, now 50% off
  • Permute 3 – The easiest to use media converter. Normally $15, now 50% off
  • Path Finder 9 – File Manager for macOS. Normally $36, now 50% off
  • Mosaic Pro – Effortlessly resize and re-position windows on your Mac. Normally $30, now 50% off
  • Default Folder X – Enhanced Open and Save dialogs for macOS. Normally $35, now 50% off
  • HyperFocus – The Distraction Blocker for macOS. Normally $15, now 50% off

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!

Action Movies of the 2000’s, 80% off, ↘️ $29.99!

Action Movies of the 2000’s, 80% off, ↘️ $29.99!

10 Action & Adventure films from the 2000s, including Black Hawk Down, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hancock, Charlie’s Angels, & more; 80% off, $149.9 ↘️ $29.99, less than $3 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

My thanks to the Mac Powerpack Bundle for sponsoring MDM Deals this week! This bundle has 11 handpicked Mac apps, including Tumult Hype, Unclutter (personal favorite), TaskPaper, Default Folder X, and more! Get any app for 50% off, or grab the whole bundle and get it 79% off, saving $247. Check it out today!

The most elegant way to get deals is via the MDM Deals Apple News Channel. Subscribe today to get deals in your feed!

The Martian/Independence Day/In Time 3-Movie Bundle, 67% off, ↘️ $14.99!

The Martian/Independence Day/In Time 3-Movie Bundle, 67% off, ↘️ $14.99!

3 Sci-Fi & Fantasy films: The Martian, Independence Day, & In Time; highly recommended; 67% off, $44.97 ↘️ $14.99, less than $5 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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Middle-Earth Extended Editions 6-Film Bundle, 56% off, ↘️ $39.99!

Middle-Earth Extended Editions 6-Film Bundle, 56% off, ↘️ $39.99!

All the extended editions films from Middle Earth, including the award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy & the Hobbit trilogy; highly recommended; 56% off, $89.94 ↘️ $39.99, less than $6.67 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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🆕 The brilliantly designed digital magazine Flipboard now supports MDM Deals, with magazine options for All Deals, iOS, iPad, Mac, Movie, Game, & App Deals!

The Matrix Trilogy, 67% off, ↘️ $14.99!

The Matrix Trilogy, 67% off, ↘️ $14.99!

All 3 Matrix Sci-Fi & Fantasy films starring Keanu Reeves & more; recommended; 67% off, $44.97 ↘️ $14.99, less than $5 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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🆕 The brilliantly designed digital magazine Flipboard now supports MDM Deals, with magazine options for All Deals, iOS, iPad, Mac, Movie, Game, & App Deals!

Wizarding World 10 Film Bundle, 47% off, ↘️ $79.99!

Wizarding World 10 Film Bundle, 47% off, ↘️ $79.99!

All 10 Action & Adventure films, taking place in the world of Harry Potter, including original 8 Harry Porte films & more recent Fantastic Beasts films; highly recommended; 47% off, $149.9 ↘️ $79.99, less than $8 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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Star Wars: Six Movie Bundle, 58% off, ↘️ $49.99!

Star Wars: Six Movie Bundle, 58% off, ↘️ $49.99!

The original Star Wars trilogy & prequel trilogy bundled together at steep discount; each individual Star Wars film—including recent films—also 50% off, $19.99 ↘️ $9.99; highly recommended; 58% off, $120 ↘️ $49.99, less than $8.34 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

Support MDM Deals via Patreon and unlock rewards and perks for you! Pledge today!

The most elegant way to get deals is via the MDM Deals Apple News Channel. Subscribe today to get deals in your feed!

Clint Eastwood 8 Film Director’s Bundle, 54% off, ↘️ $54.92!

Clint Eastwood 8 Film Director’s Bundle, 54% off, ↘️ $54.92!

8 Action & Adventure films directed by Clint Eastwood, including Letters from Iwo Jima, Invictus, Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, & more; 54% off, $119.92 ↘️ $54.92, less than $6.87 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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Prep for MDM Deals 2.4

After a crazy amount of work, MDM Deals 2.3 was launched in time for the monster list of Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals. Welcome to all the new followers and subscribers who found MDM Deals over the holiday! I look forward to helping you discover great deals on fantastic apps and movies.

As MDM Deals has grown and expanded where I’ve published, the amount of time it takes to publish each individual deal has grown, so MDM Deals 2.4 is about optimization so I can spend more time finding deals and less time publishing them.

As such, I need to hear from you if you’d like to follow MDM Deals on one of the following channels. I’m willing to support these channels if enough of you want to use the channel, but there’s no point in supporting them if just a couple folks are there! Join a channel below to show your interest or email me other thoughts

Thanks for your help! I look forward to serving you better!

Mark

P.S. I’m currently enjoying an iced mocha as I work on the site right now, but I make no money to pay for it with App Store affiliate links. Instead, I rely on my followers to support my work and make it worthwhile! So would you Buy Me my next Coffee?

Wizarding World 10 Film Bundle, 47% off, ↘️ $79.99!

Wizarding World 10 Film Bundle, 47% off, ↘️ $79.99!

All 10 fils form the world of Harry Potter, including the first 8 starring Daniel Radcliffe & Emma Watson and the most recent two Fantastic Beasts films starring Johny Depp & Eddie Redmayne; highly recommended; 47% off, $149.9 ↘️ $79.99, less than $8 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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🆕 One of the world’s most popular messaging apps is KakaoTalk, and now MDM Deals is there too!

The Magnificent Seven: 2-Film Bundle, 67% off, ↘️ $9.99!

The Magnificent Seven: 2-Film Bundle, 67% off, ↘️ $9.99!

The original Magnificent Seven film and the recent remake starring Denzel Washington & Chris Pratt; highly recommended; 67% off, $29.98 ↘️ $9.99, less than $5 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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Buy Me a Coffee!!

🆕 Join the brand-new MDM Deals group on Viber to get deals coming to you once a day.

Home Alone 5-Movie Bundle, 73% off, ↘️ $19.99!

Home Alone 5-Movie Bundle, 73% off, ↘️ $19.99!

All 5 of the Home Alone Adventure films on sale; 73% off, $74.95 ↘️ $19.99, less than $4 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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Buy Me a Coffee!!

🆕 The brilliantly designed digital magazine Flipboard now supports MDM Deals, with magazine options for All Deals, iOS, iPad, Mac, Movie, Game, & App Deals!

The Book of Eli / I Am Legend 2 Film Bundle, 67% off, ↘️ $9.99!

The Book of Eli / I Am Legend 2 Film Bundle, 67% off, ↘️ $9.99!

The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington & I Am Legend starring Will Smith bundles together; highly recommended; 67% off, $29.98 ↘️ $9.99, less than $5 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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🆕 MDM Deals is now on JioChat, the popular chat app in India. Join today!

Shazam/Aquaman 2-Film Bundle, 40% off, ↘️ $17.99!

Shazam/Aquaman 2-Film Bundle, 40% off, ↘️ $17.99!

The most recent DC Action & Adventure films including Shazam & Aquaman; highly recommended; 40% off, $29.98 ↘️ $17.99, less than $9 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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Buy Me a Coffee!!

🆕 Back from the edge of death is Kik—and now with a MDM Deals group too! Join today!

DC 7-Film Bundle, 43% off, ↘️ $59.99!

DC 7-Film Bundle, 43% off, ↘️ $59.99!

7 DC Universe Action & Adventure films, including Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman, Shazam, & more; highly recommended; 43% off, $104.93 ↘️ $59.99, less than $8.570 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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🆕 Join the brand-new MDM Deals group on Viber to get deals coming to you once a day.

Mission: Impossible 6-Movie Bundle, 56% off, ↘️ $39.99!

Mission: Impossible 6-Movie Bundle, 56% off, ↘️ $39.99!

All 6 Mission Impossible Action & Adventure films starring Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, & more, including the latest Fallout film; highly recommended; 56% off, $89.94 ↘️ $39.99, less than $6.67 per film!

   Get it on iTunes today!

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MDM Deals 2.3 with support for iPadOS, better Reddit, 7 new channels, and more!

MDM2.3 Bundle of Joy

MDM Deals 2.3, “Bundle of Joy”

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!

Initial support for iPadOS!

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:

  • Support for iPadOS channels/filters
  • New RSS options!
    • iOS & iPadOS RSS feed – This includes all items that can run on iOS OR iPadOS. This is the RSS feed to use if you have an iPhone & iPad
    • iPadOS RSS feed – This will subscribe you to all apps that run on iPadOS, including universal iOS apps. This is the RSS feed to use if you only have an iPad and what to see all apps that can run on it.
    • iPadOS exclusive RSS feed – this will subscribe you to apps that ONLy run on iPadOS (excludes “universal” iOS apps). This is an RSS feed to use if you only care about apps that only run on iPad

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!

Movie improvements

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.

A better Reddit

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!

  • Everything should look and read better, with the addition of an invisible ASCII character that will prevent the sentences from being all smooshed together.
  • r/moviedeals now has some gorgeous banner artwork
  • Find exactly the subreddit for you with a new Reddit page that shows all the options
  • Each subreddit now has better links to finding other subs, supporting MDM Deals, and more

New subreddits!

  • r/MDMDeals_alt – All the deals, but with flair so you can filter exactly what you want. An alternative view of r/MDMDeals
  • Subs that filter by OS type:
    • r/iOSdeals – All deals for iOS, both apps and games (excludes Mac, iPadOS, movies)
    • r/MacOSDeals – All deals for the Mac & macOS (excludes movies, iOS, iPadOS)
    • r/iPadOSDeals – All deals for iPad, including iPad-exclusive and iOS-universal app
    • r/iOSandiPadOSDeals – All deals for iPhone & iPad (excludes Mac, movies)
  • Subs that filter deals by kind of deal:
    • r/AppDeals – Just apps for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS (excludes games & movies)
    • r/iOSappdeals – Just apps for iOS (excludes Mac, games, & movies)
    • r/iosgamedeals – Just games for iOS (excludes apps, Mac, movies)
    • r/moviedeals – Just movies (excludes iOS, iPadOS, & Mac deals)
  • Interested in another kind of filtered subreddit? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

7 new ways to follow MDM Deals (& improvements to existing)

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!

Improved channels

  • Apple News – The most elegant way to get deals. I’ve added channels for iPadOS Deals, iOS & iPadOS Deals, App Deals, Game Deals, and iOS & Mac Deals
  • Pinterest – My fastest-growing community. I’ve added boards for iOS Deals, iPadOS Deals, Mac Deals, Game Deals, and App Deals

Brand new channels

flipboard-iconFlipboard – The brilliantly designed digital magazine now supports MDM Deals, with magazine options for All Deals, iOS, iPad, Mac, Movie, Game, & App Deals

Hangouts-IconGoogle Hangouts* – The group chat by Google, now with a MDM Deals group chat channel for your convenience. Deals delivered once a day.

kakaotalk-iconKakaoTalk* – 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-iconViber* – 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-iconKik* – 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-iconJioChat* – Popular in India, but useful around the world, now with a MDM Deals group where deals come in once a day.

Voxer-iconVoxer* – 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.

Other refinements

  • RSS subscribers rejoice! Feeds will look much better with the introduction of an invisible ASCII character instead of spaces. The result will be a nice visual break between title and content, whereas it was all smooshed together before
  • The “Download on the App Store/iTunes” logos have much higher quality AND Mac apps now tell you if it’s on the Mac App Store. Looks way better if I do say so myself

2.3 download-compare.jpg
Old download image (left); new on the right

One more thing…

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?

BMAC

Thanks so much for following and for your support!

Mark

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