“The excellent Mac utility app TextExpander is moving to a subscription pricing model, and this is creating a dialogue about the justification for such a model,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville.
“From a one-off purchase of $35 – plus upgrades every couple of years, usually at about half that price – Smile Software has moved to a monthly subscription service that would cost $47.52 per year.,” McElhearn writes. “The company defends this pricing by explaining that they’ve moved the management of the software’s data to a web server, but for most individuals, this service is unnecessary.”
“This has raised the question of when software should be sold as a subscription,” McElhearn writes. “Developers may say that they don’t have to hold back features for a major upgrade, and can add new features at any time, since the subscription includes every upgrade to the apps. Consumers, however, see this recurring payment as often stifling innovation; once a company has guaranteed income, and users are locked into an app, they are unlikely to switch, and the developer has little incentive to improve their products.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We hate software subscriptions so much that we’ll actively look for alternatives that let you purchase an application outright. See our long-ago move from Photoshop to Pixelmator, for just one example.