Tag Archive for ‘Subscription’

Tweetbot 6 ➝

John Voorhees, writing for MacStories:

Aside from the new pricing model, Tweetbot 6 has only implemented a handful of new features, including a few changes to the timeline view and some design changes. In the main timeline, you’ll notice more image thumbnails than before. Polls and cards are also visible thanks to the implementation of Twitter’s latest third-party APIs, and there are new dedicated ‘@’ and ‘#’ buttons in the app’s tweet composition sheet.

Even though I’m in the process of moving toward RSS and publishing short-form thoughts primary on mike.rockwell.mx, I still paid for Tweetbot 6. I have no problem paying a bit to support developers. Especially when it supports the development of one of my favorite apps of all time.

The update is a little lighter on features then I would have preferred, but I’m hoping the subscription model will incentivize Tapbots to develop a bit more aggressively than they have been with Tweetbot 5.

I have some complaints about the new link previews, though. Each time I publish on my short-form site, IFTTT automatically publishes a tweet with the content of the post and a link back to mike.rockwell.mx. This is all I want, nothing more and nothing less. But Tweetbot 6 generates a preview of the link. Sometimes.

mike.rockwell.mx didn’t have any markup indicating a want for this. There was no og:image or any of the Twitter Card tags. I just want the URL displayed in the text of the tweet. But what’s even more maddening is that there is no consistency to the link previews at all. Some links have a preview and some don’t — there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to when the preview appears.

And there isn’t even any consistency across devices. I can look at the same tweet on my iPad as on my iPhone and one will show a preview while the other doesn’t. I don’t have any idea why that would be.

I sent an email in to Tapbots about this and hopefully I’ll learn more soon. In the meantime, I’ve added an empty og:image meta tag to the site’s header to see if that might prevent the previews from generating. It’s not ideal, since I wouldn’t mind links to photo posts having a preview, but I’ll leave the meta tag on the site until I do a bit more publishing to test it.

➝ Source: macstories.net

The New App Store ➝

Faster review times, subscription pricing, and search ads — all of which would be huge news on their own — are all coming to the App Store. I think these changes will be good overall. The faster review times give developers a little more assurance that bug fixes will go live in a timely manner and search ads will help developers find a steady stream of new customers. I’m still a little lukewarm on the subscription pricing change, though.

My biggest fear is that developers will ask too much for their apps and I’ll be forced to pay an unreasonable monthly fee in order to continue using them. In an ideal world, for me at least, developers of high-quality productivity apps will charge a yearly fee at a price point similar to what they charge to purchase the app today.

I’m excited to see how these changes play out, but I expect they’ll result in a more healthy ecosystem for developers and users alike. And with announcements like this coming the week before WWDC, it feels like we’re in for one hell of a keynote. Phil Schiller even referenced this at the beginning of his call with John Gruber:

We’ve got a bunch of App Store/developer-related announcements for WWDC next week, but frankly, we’ve got a busy enough keynote that we decided we’re not going to cover those in the keynote. And rather, just cover them in the afternoon and throughout the week.

I’m really glad Phil Schiller was put in charge of the App Store.

iTunes Monthly TV Subscriptions Coming ➝

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has been moving forward with their plan to offer monthly television subscriptions through iTunes. Peter Kafka of All Things Digital first wrote about such a service back in November.

The service would give subscribers access to some TV shows from a selection of networks for a monthly fee. The Wall Street Journal is unaware as to whether or not any networks have signed on, but CBS and Disney are said to be interested in the service. Apple could have a hard time convincing other networks to sign on. Some versions of the deal would see Apple paying media companies $2-4 a month per subscriber to larger networks like CBS or ABC and $1-2 a month per subscriber to smaller networks. The Wall Street Journal says that even with those prices (which are often higher than what cable companies pay), News Corp., Viacom, Discovery, and Turner Broadcasting are “opposed to or leaning away from signing on, at least to Apple’s initial proposals.”

Early versions of the offer included access to advertising-free shows from top cable and broadcast networks for $30 a month. This echoes Peter Kafka’s report from November and, in my opinion, is an incredibly reasonable price (assuming users had access to a decent assortment of television shows).

Aside from the above offer there isn’t any indication as to whether or not this service would include advertising. I’m inclined to say that it wouldn’t but I’m not sure if Apple would be able to convince networks to sign on without it.

$30 Per Month for iTunes TV Shows