RUST(i)K on "Waiting for Black Friday App Sale"
In recent days, I have noticed a trend mentioned by some posters.
The refrain goes something like this:
"That app looks great....I am going to get it when it goes on sale"
"Hopefully that app will be on sale for Black Friday"
"I'm waiting to buy that app on Black Friday"
I would like to appeal to you as a fellow iOS musician, producer, artist, businessman, and overall good intentioned person.
Can you please take a moment, consider, and ponder a few things?
First, do you work or receive some sort of income? What is your hourly take home?
How long do you think it takes a developer to create and maintain an app?
Do you own an iOS device? So, you are by no means poor to the point of suffering in the streets with the truly less fortunate.
I imagine you see where this is going. Or you think you do anyway.
Can you please consider buying the apps at full price?
We need to support developers and the companies who employ these developers. I look at it like this, the more money these developers have coming in the better apps will be made or more new apps we will get.'
Let's be honest. We are friends here.
No developer is getting rich making sequencer or synth apps. Not yet anyway. So, I personally don't want to short change or try and not pay an extra couple dollars to a developer by waiting on Black Friday sale.
This developer probably worked 7 days a week all hours on these apps, I think they deserve a fair wage for their work.
As a tale of caution, I can foresee the following things if people only splurge on apps during various sales and events.
1- Developers / aka: Companies will begin to change their market model and how the app is sold. Straight purchases at a fair price will be replaced with tricky subscriptions or a matrix of i.a.p.(in app purchases) that will make the old way things were a billed a wet dream. All of these apps are far cheaper than any hardware or VST. The prices are not more than any cigarette, alcoholic beverage, or meal out would cost. I think it is a fair trade off. Isn't that what life is really about? Sacrifice and compromise along with doing the thing that supports the greatest good?
Developers and companies will price items high to mediate the sale buying trends, actually in the long run making more apps less affordable for a greater number of us over time.
Apple will find a way to fuck up or the developers over to compensate for the diminished revenue of sale based buying habits.
I know things are tight. None of us have enough money. But, isn't about more than that sometimes?
These developers listen to our concerns and keep current on what our wants and desires are. They fix problems faster than any other company or industry I deal with.
My advice to developers, don't be afraid to tell us about how hard you work on the app. Some people may not get it.
In the meantime, this is a forum.
We are a community.
It would be really awesome to practice that as best we really could.
Thank you for reading.
R U S T (i) K