Jan 6th 2011 7:26PM It seems like some people expect the Mac app store to reflect the same impulse-buy pricing level that the iOS app store has, and I don't think it makes sense.
I can't speak to every app cited as "overpriced" but Things for $50 and Delicious Library 2 are exactly what they cost on the developer's own websites. Things is hugely popular and has sold quite well before today for $50, and Delicious Library is one of the coolest apps ever made - one I'm happy to have bought twice.
So those two developers are charging the same for their product today as they were yesterday, only today, for copies sold via the Mac app store, they're giving Apple 30% of the price. You can assume the decreased hosting costs and possible increased sales might make the 30% Apple cut a wash, but you don't know it.
Furthermore, the ranting about customers not knowing or caring about what goes into make software, and that they only care about price strikes me as an especially bizarre thing to say, especially when speaking about Mac owners. If we didn't care what went into making a product and only cared about the price, why would we be using Macs?
I'm sorry, but if you're going to declare quality software overpriced at $25-$50, I guess you're entitled to your opinion. But I don't want to buy the type of cheap junk that will come from a marketplace driven solely by price.
Jan 6th 2011 6:47PM I thought $79 for Apeture was cheaper than edu price as well until I checked our online store. I can get it for $69 there.
Jan 6th 2011 1:26PM Yeah, that would be nice. All I have to do in the Apple retail store is flash my university ID, so providing a digital copy to Apple wouldn't be a big deal.
Jan 6th 2011 1:14PM I wonder if Apple is going to offer some way to pass on educational discounts for its own products to those who qualify for them?
$20 per app for iWork is nice when compared to the $79 retail cost. My educational cost is $39 for the whole suite.
Likewise, $15 for each iLife app is fine compared to retail, but my educational cost is $29 for the suite.
The App Store would be more convenient than swinging by my campus computer store or an Apple retail store, but it would be nice to have the convenience cake and eat it with some educational pricing ice cream.
May 7th 2009 3:16PM 30% of something is a lot better than 100% of nothing. What is the newspaper's cost of doing business here? Pretty close to zero?
Nov 15th 2008 2:57PM Mmmm, surface.
Nov 14th 2008 11:21AM Free mouse = win
Nov 13th 2008 4:19PM Loot bag!