A potential model for supporting iOS music app developers?
There's an interesting model used by desktop vst developer Seaweed audio which I think is a win-win situation for users and the developer. I recently purchased his Fathom vst synth on sale. I first downloaded a free mono version to see if it worked on my DAWs. It worked in one of the DAWs that I use but crashed on the other two, but since it was a good deal and I really liked the sound, I bought the paid version. Now this developer puts out regular monthly updates. Not only that but he provides great customer service. As I mentioned, I was unable to use the synth on two DAWs even though others with similar systems had no issues. I just mentioned them in the KVR forum. The developer pm'd me with questions and things to try, provided me with interim builds for me to test as possible fixes and worked over the holiday to get a fix out to me and a few others experiencing issues. Let's just say I was very impressed.
In his model that supports his continued development, he does not charge for fixes but rather upgrade updates that he puts out with new features, which he asks for a payment of $2.50. Even then he doesn't expect users to pay for every upgrade version. The suggested contribution is four upgrades per year for users who view it as their primary synth. He does not expect new users to pay for upgrades for a while. And it is voluntary as paid users get the updates free at a later date. I think this is a great model for developers who are like him, who give out regular features and provide great support.
For users like myself who do not like subscriptions I think it's a great model to support future development of a program. If only we had a similar option in iOS to support the music app developers in a similar way. Thoughts?