Apple video tries to convince developers to use subscription based pricing for their apps

Apple wants developers to ask consumers to pay a recurring subscription fee to use their apps, rather than have them make a one-time payment.
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52 Comments

30. Shi.O

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

True.

39. shiv179

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

I have no words...

41. Leo_MC

Posts: 6612; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Than, you shouldn't have said anything. We tend to read only words, written by people that have them ;).

48. shiv179

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Hahaha :)

49. Leo_MC

Posts: 6612; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Do you have something to say or you're only against what Apple does?

50. shiv179

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

If Google did this, I would be highly critical of it as well. Even some SELFIE apps have become subscription based - ridiculous.

51. Leo_MC

Posts: 6612; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Your electrical and water companies are doing that for tens of years and you never thought by now their practice was evil... I'll give you the best way to deal with that selfie app: simply DON'T SUBSCRIBE TO IT. By not subscribing, the developer is not making any money and neither is Apple; when there's no money, they will find another way to live. How about doing that instead of bitching about how evil are the companies that WANT and NEED to make money?

52. shiv179

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

I have no issue with subscriptions. However Apple is encouraging the use of subscriptions, that's the part I find suspicious. A company can find ways to make money, it does not mean that the methods they choose to do it can't be criticized.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17128; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's ironic that you call others stupid, then put out that rationalization.

21. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I've NEVER used an app so good that I would make a monthly payment on it.

28. Leo_MC

Posts: 6612; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Netflix/HBO, music streaming, cloud?

31. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Streaming service (virtual storage) =/= App. You're paying for the media, the app is made just to access it.

33. Leo_MC

Posts: 6612; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Right; who's going to pay a monthly fee for a game one finishes in a few days? It's the service the app provides that is worth the money.

32. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Too many butthurt androids who only wants free. No wonder why their OS sucks and their apps were trash.

35. OneLove123

Posts: 841; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It's good that you like to spend money on apps. I like to save and spend it on something worth while. You know, like food?

36. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

If you sit and think about it for just one second, you would realize subscription is the right way to do apps. I am a developer who used to develop indie games at my old work for android, almost every game we developed was pirated by apps pirating websites and they sideloaded by many customers who wanted the app and didn’t want to pay for it. The potentials of a subscription model is endless for both android ,iOS, and the users. 1. With a subscription model you can easily move between different platforms without having to worry about rebuying an app you use daily. 2. Because you can’t sideload subscriptions, now developers are more interested in making more quality apps for android and keeping them up to date and optimized for the people using the app. 3. This is more a follow up to the previous point, because the subscription base model means that the user is paying continuously, the developer is always more interested to attract more subscribers and keep the current ones. Those are just few of the point I could think of. Now for the majority of the apps to convert to the subscription model, Apple and google should lower their cuts drastically ( I would say to around 10%) this way the developers can price their subscriptions in a way that both guarantees a decent profit for the developer and a decent price for the subscriber. Imo the subscription price shouldn’t exceed 0.99$ for basic apps such as note taking apps or 1.99$ for advance apps such as photo editing apps.

46. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope your coding was more structured than your writing.

37. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

30% of reoccurring fees should offset trade taxes from China. Oh wait, that still get passed on to end user. This is not good, calculator apps will be making billions soon because you ifan aren't paying enough to keep them Rich for life.

40. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I dont know. Sounds good for the developers, bad for the consumer. I only have two apps on my phone with monthly fees.............Netflix and Spotify. I can't imagine having to pay a monthly fee for most or all the apps I have on my phone right now. Hopefully there will be an option for a free app with basic features then a subscription based one with all the bells and whistles. Choice would be good.

42. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

It's all about how you choose your next move, we as consumers have power over the developers when it comes to money, they depend on us, not viceversa. If Evernote is charging for a note taking app, go for free alternatives (Keep, OneNote, the default note app), they accomplish the same taks, maybe some features are missing in the free tier, but they can be done with a workaround. My gf has downloaded photo editing apps that charge ridiculous amounts of $$$, ie. 45.99/week!, that's insane! that's an automatic uninstall. Snapseed is totally free and does the job. The real question you need to ask yourself is: "is it really necessary to pay regularly for something I'll barely use twice a week when there's a free alternative out there?". You see, you choose to feed those developers or let them know that you don't want their business.

43. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Also, wait for deals to happen or choose apps with one-time payment. The only subscription models I think are worth are Video and Music Streaming.

45. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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