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« on: February 02, 2020, 04:05:22 pm »

The struggle is real...with app subscriptions

Every app seems to be going with a subscription pricing model. But is this the way?

Remember the good old days of the App Store, when apps and games cost just a few bucks and were one-time purchases? Yeah, me too. We'd get updates, and eventually completely new versions, though that meant sometimes having to pay again (if the app was rebuilt from the ground up). Yeah, those were the good days, weren't they?

Unfortunately, that seems to no longer be a sustainable business model, much to my disdain. From the user's view, paying once for an app and getting free updates for life (or at least a few years), is the ideal situation. But then how are the developers supposed to make a living?

For a while, the trend became pay once, get some updates, then a year or two later, a completely new version comes out and everyone has to pay (again). The updates were plentiful and frequent, but they were free for users until the next major version. And the cycle repeats itself. From a developer's pe...

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