The price of Tweetie 2

Posted on Wed, 30 Sep 2009 in Technology

Tweetie 2 I have written about App Store pricing before, and I still fail to understand the "We want free upgrades for life" and "Anything more than $1 is too much" mentality that apparently rules in the App Store customer base.

Tweetie 2 for both Mac and the iPhone have just been announced and the iPhone version will be a separate app from the "old" Tweetie. The fact that you'll have to pay $3 again for Tweetie 2 made some people go bunkers and some even threw a hissy fit.

Guess what... You don't have to buy it if you don't want to!

There are numerous other Twitter clients on the App Store - take your pick! Tweetie 2 contains a ton of updates and new features and the "upgrade fee" is certainly reasonable. If Atebits was charging for bug fixes that would wrong, but as you can see in any of these blog posts this is clearly not the case!

Apple has an office suite that costs considerably less than the competitors offering, and each year they release a new version with more features that costs exactly the same as the previous version. - Where is the outcry about that? I don't get that people are complaining about $3 for all those new features - for all the effort that Loren has put into Tweetie 2. Tweetie 2 costs less than a Grande Cappuccino at Starbucks, do you also complain to Starbucks that you can't get a free refill the next time you visit them? Matt Legend Gemmell said it best when he tweeted this yesterday:

Annoyed you'll have to pay $2.99 for Tweetie 2? If you're willing
to meet me in person, I'll give you $5 and hit you in the face.

Seriously people, wake up! There are more dire and important things wrong in the universe that are worth getting this upset about! I for one will buy Tweetie 2 when it gets approved on the App Store!