Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Issue with Subscriptions

I do believe there are legitimate pros to having subscriptions to video streaming services. A few years ago, you'd have to actually buy entire seasons of TV shows to get the same experience we do today with streaming the same show. And the fact that many networks partner with cable companies to include on-demand video is great. But it gets annoying when so many companies keep asking for $10+/month. This isn't limited to just video. Adobe Creative Cloud is a prime example of this. Day One, a journaling app, now has a paid subscription model. Newton Mail, a mail client, now has a $50/year price point. Have you ever thought to yourself, "I would be willing to pay $50/year for a journaling app or a mail app?" No, because that's ridiculous. They could be the be the best journaling or mail client apps on the market, but I wouldn't pay that price for them. I understand that the buy once, own forever model doesn't make nearly as much money, but I will probably begin losing sanity the next time an app like one of these requires me to buy a subscription. I think it would be nice if there was one universal subscription that split the earnings amongst providers based on percentage of use. With news that Apple will soon have a TV streaming service and news subscription, the public perception of subscription-based products may change.

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