Software as a Perception ➝

Eddie Smith, on TextExpander’s move to subscription pricing:

Even though anyone can plainly understand that software isn’t a durable good or a product in the physical sense, that’s how it was priced in its first era in consumer markets. Like cereal, we used to buy software in boxes off the shelves of physical stores. Such silliness was never going to last, nor will the silliness of paying once to download a .dmg file.

It’s become painfully obvious that “buy once, use forever” software sales are outdated. But I truly hope something better than subscription pricing comes along. I don’t have the foggiest idea what that could be, but there must be a way for developers to earn a living that’s a little more customer friendly.