My Macs, iPhone, and iPad are graced with multiple apps within the same category. Email, for example. Apple’s Mail and Spark. The same holds true for photo enhancement apps, notes apps, podcast apps, and RSS news readers.
Part of that app overload is because I review many different applications. Part of it is knowing that nothing improves without change. Something better might be out there and I want to know what it is. Well, something different is out there but I worry that it’s a change that may not be better.
The new trend among application developers, specifically those with apps on the iOS and macOS App Stores, is subscription. Pay for an app by the month or year. Stop paying and the app doesn’t work anymore. It’s not even rent to own. It’s just rent.
Last week I came upon a new Mac, iPhone, and iPad RSS news readers. The Mac360 staff have been advocates of RSS for about as long as we’ve been around– almost 14 years. We have our favorites, and we don’t agree on what they are, but almost any RSS news reader is better than sifting through a bunch of browser bookmarks.
Here’s another RSS news reader and it’s decent; Mac, iPhone, iPad. It’s called Cappuccino. Does this look familiar?
Cappuccio’s layout is typical for RSS news readers. A lift os website subscriptions to the left, a list of articles for a selected subscription in the middle, and details for a selected article in the maid column.
What differentiates Cappuccino from other readers? Well, you can get a list of news sent to your email inbox. That’s seems hand. It features push notifications, custom interval updates, and it comes with a subscription.
Think 99-cents per month, or $9.99 per year, or, put another way, the same as News Explorer, my favorite news reader, but without the subscription fee.
One thing the subscription model brings is a single fee to cover macOS and iOS, and that’s what Cappuccino’s rental fee does, and with one caveat, I don’t mind that at all.
1Password is the example. I was an early adopter to 1Password, and upgraded to new versions every so many years. The last upgrade was about four years ago. There’s a new upgrade now and it’s expensive for Mac users. There’s also a monthly subscription, which, if paid for four years, would be $143.96– substantially more than the last upgrade price four years ago.
Likewise, News Explorer has been around a couple of years– $9.99. Cappuccino over the same period would be double that amount if paid annually.
I get it that app developers need to make a living but my issue is with the subscription model and how it raises prices. An app subscription almost locks a user into a specific app and that prevents or at least impedes trying other applications. I like Cappuccino. I prefer News Explorer. It’s more for less.