Wednesday, December 11, 2019 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Linea 3 to Switch to Subscriptions

The Iconfactory (tweet):

We tried hard to avoid a subscription, but the costs to maintain the app are much higher than the income from new sales. This is obviously not a sustainable situation!

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A majority of that time was not even spent adding new features, instead it was spent making sure that everything looked right with the operating system’s new Dark Mode!

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All of this comes at a low price: 99¢ per month or $9.99 per year (a 20% savings.) Additionally, if you purchased Linea at any time in 2019, you’ll also get a free one year subscription.

It sounds like they are going to replace the old app with the new one, like with Twitterrific 6.

It’s going from $10 one-time to $10/year. On the one hand, that’s a hefty increase, but on the other hand $10/year is not a lot for an app that you regularly use. I haven’t seen many other developers choosing subscriptions this cheap. It seems like it could become a sweet spot between steady recurring revenue and a price that customers are willing to pay.

Previously:

Update (2019-12-16): Eric Blair:

Reading this, I’d assumed Linea 2 had been a paid upgrade. Apparently not - looks like the last time I paid for Linea was 2017.

It’s a little nuts that I got ~3 years of use and major upgrade out of the original $10.

Sustainable software is a good thing.

4 Comments

Finally, some sense in subscription pricing (I'm looking at you Drafts!).

Honestly this price is more than justified.

If only many other dev teams took heed. I am looking at Day One ($34.99), PDF Expert ($49.99 with no non-pro tier), and a lot others.

You go deal with your overly bloated features and team. Don’t make it my pro lame.

Isn't the original mistake to have priced this app only $10?

Absolutely fine with $10 / year pricing. And the $0.99 / month is also great.

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