I frequently receive questions regarding how many copies of an app can be installed on iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad). In most cases, the question is asked for devices used in schools. As of August 2010, Apple established a Volume Purchase Program (VPP) that includes a licensing policy for educational institutions. Prior to VPP, many people assumed consumer licensing, which allows for one app to be installed on as many of your own personal devices. Well, putting one app on 10’s or 100’s of devices throughout a school district wasn’t fairly compensating developers. Plus, it wasn’t following typical licensing guidelines for software in education. So, Apple began the VPP; however, educators are now trying to understand the process.
Rather than attempting to recreate an explanation of VPP, I want to provide links to useful information regarding the program:
- Apple App Store Volume Purchase Program – Apple provides information on their website about VPP and a search for apps participating in the program (participating apps provide a 50% discount for 20 copies or more).
- AssistiveWare Support for license and purchasing questions – David Niemeijer from AssistiveWare includes educational examples of VPP, and contrasts the licensing with examples for professionals and consumers.
- Learning in Hand App Store Volume Purchase Program Explained – With a flowchart from Jim Siegl, Tony Vincent explains the VPP process.
- IEAR VPP Step By Step Instructions – David Ligon provides a comprehensive tutorial which includes screenshots of a volume purchase for our app, ArtikPix – Full.