Color me a bit flummoxed. I have grown not to like the growing subscription model for Mac, iPhone, and iPad apps on Apple’s app stores. They tend to make me aware of budgeting, and, well, they cut into my budget.
I have a few subscriptions and I’m likely to have a few more because that’s the trend. Oh, and I want to support application developers and that requires that I put my money where my mouth is. Yet, I ran into another subscription model that might have some legs for Mac users.
Set It Up
This particular subscription model is a take on previous promotions where various websites would get together with various Mac app developers and sell a whole package of apps for a ridiculously low price tag. I bought a few because the price was a bargain, even if I didn’t use all the apps in the package.
Setapp is a growing collection of Mac applications with a monthly subscription price tag of $10 (minus a penny). Subscription? Yep. You pay by the month to use all the applications in the package. Try it for free, download what you like, pay the subscription price each month.
The whole process is rather painless to try and then use.
So, what do you get for that $10 a month? 10 apps? 50 apps? Well, I looked at Setapp over a year ago and the total number of applications in the package was almost 70. As of this week, the total app count is 120. Only two of the apps on the list last year have gone away. Evernote and one other app that went out of business.
120 apps to choose from and one monthly price. What’s not to like?
What about selection? I thought you’d never ask.
Setapp displays various and sundry categories, so to get a good idea of what is available you’ll need to visit the Collection page which displays 10 categories, the apps in each category (some apps are in multiple categories), and then do some napkin math to see if the subscription plan works for you.
It works for me even though I have a number of the applications on the Setapp list. Here’s how to do the math. First, go through the list of apps and select those you want to use. Then, check each application for the actual retail price tag. Add it all up. If Setapp’s price tag over a couple of years is lower than the price tag and a few upgrades of the applications you think you’ll use, then the math works.
I decided a year ago not to subscribe because I have so many of the applications from back then, but it’s 2018 and the number of apps is almost double, and that made the math work for me. This isn’t an in-app subscription like you find on the Mac App Store or iOS App Store, but clearly there is a market and Setapp made it happen. This is a subscription model with legs.