Nice summary of the change in how we buy and use applications from Dave:
I cannot afford subscription applications because subscriptions are priced higher than application prices of yesteryear. Do the math. A seemingly inexpensive subscription app priced at $1.99 a month, really is almost $24 a year. In three years, we’re talking serious money for what seemed like an inexpensive app– more than $70.
Subscriptions are here to stay, but what about purchased applications with upgrade options?
Therein lies an important distinction between subscriptions and application purchases. The upgrade. Subscriptions, you use forever until you stop paying. Purchased applications can be used until the cows come home (which is exactly that location on the space time continuum where the app no longer works.