Tag Archive for ‘Eddie Smith’

But I Already Paid for It?!?! ➝

Eddie Smith, in response to the “why do I have to pay (again) for software I’ve already purchased?” arguments, in the wake of Ulysses’ move to subscription pricing:

The software you paid for is still “yours” in the sense that it is fully functional (as you paid for it) and will continue working indefinitely. You “own” it, and it’s not going away.

Will it work forever? Hell no. Software isn’t the same as a cast iron skillet. Software isn’t going to work the same 100 years from now. It’s probably not even going to work 100 weeks from now without being nursed through the vagaries of operating system updates, security patches, and user-expected support. When the developer of a cast iron skillet is done, they’re done. When the developer of a piece of software is done, they’re out of business—because if a developer quits, so does their product.

I love this analogy.

The Latte Rationalization ➝

Eddie Smith:

Pricing apps as non-digital goods is hopeless in the long run. If you’ve read the Internet at all, you’ve seen what I call “the latte rationalization,” which goes something like this:

If you spend $5 a day on coffee, why can’t you spend $5 one time on an app that benefits you every day?

The problem with “the latte rationalization” is that there isn’t another shop down the street that’s giving away cups of coffee for free. But, in the software market, you can find dozens of competing apps that will work well enough. And many of them are available at no cost.

I Still Wear the Apple Watch ➝

Eddie Smith:

Maybe I’m a Watch apologist, but Watch’s failures have not made me wear the Watch any less or feel that the roughly $400 I spent on the Watch was wasted.

I really appreciate this simple, rational explanation as to why the Apple Watch is not a failure. Like Eddie, I wear mine every day and have garnered a great deal of utility from its existence.

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It’s become painfully obvious that “buy once, use forever” software sales are outdated.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.

Dimming Twitter ➝

Eddie Smith:

I’m deleting all Twitter apps from my iPhone, the device on which I check Twitter most often. The fact that it seemed so crazy to do so makes me even more curious how this experiment will turn out.

I am not ready to quit Twitter entirely. Just ready to evolve how I use it. I’m leaving it on my Mac and iPad(s). For now.

I’m also curious as to how this works out for him — hopefully he’ll do a write-up about the experience.

Deliveries ➝

Eddie Smith:

My favorite feature is being able to forward a shipment notification email right into their June Cloud service, which grabs the tracking information right out of the email. It can even use the order number in the initial email Amazon sends after an order—making it totally uncessary to look at any other Amazon emails that follow.

I’ve used Deliveries for years and never knew about this feature. It might be a game changer.