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tiffany
tiffany

Some bad takes on subscriptions:

As a developer, I get mad when I see reviews on the App Store complaining about price

Subscription Fatigue, An Essay | Tiffany.blog

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pratik
pratik

@tiffany Marie-Kondo your subscriptions

kaa
kaa

@pratik @tiffany totally agree. Cut that all out, except the really, really essentials.

tiffany
tiffany

@pratik yes. Doing so today.

mangochutney
mangochutney

@tiffany well said. My annual subscription costs are not nearly as high as yours but I still have an issue with the amount of software I’m essentially renting. I can understand it if it’s SaaS and I also get the advantage for developers (I work for a company that makes a subscription product) but I also miss the days when licences were a viable business model.

tiffany
tiffany

@mangochutney same. But I think, and I may be wrong, that Apple's plan from the outset for the App Store was flawed. The race to the bottom ruins most things and in this instance, it's hurting developer livelihoods.

mangochutney
mangochutney

@tiffany I definitely agree there. The App Store devalued software so much, it’s terrible.

sgtstretch
sgtstretch

@mangochutney @tiffany had this conversation with family this weekend. They asked what weather app we used, Dark Sky of course, then couldn’t believe we spent $4 on it.

Four dollars! To support the developer and pay for an app.

stevesnider
stevesnider

@tiffany Do you think that the plan was wrong or simple supply and demand when the App Store opened the possibility of developing an app to so many more potential developers (professional or hobbyist)? Plus VC-backed ‘free’ apps that undercut straightforward pricing for other apps.

mangochutney
mangochutney

@sgtstretch @tiffany this never ceases to amaze and sadden me. And Tiffany's right; the race to the bottom has completely devalued applications and taught consumers to expect high quality apps with "forever support" for next to nothing or for free.