In the spirit of the idea that subscription apps/services can be done right, I’d love to hear about the subscriptions you are proud to pay for.
(It’d be nice if we can avoid repeating the “I’m against subscriptions” mantra, somehow, because there’s plenty of places for that on this forum!)
I’m particularly interested in apps that have shown rapid feature development since switching to a subscription model, or services that are well worth their monthly cost. Bonus points if they switched from a one-time purchase model and are better off for it.
- Blot.im: blog just by saving Markdown files to a Dropbox (or Git) folder. $3/month. It’s incredible.
- Agenda: note service that provides permanent access to features released while you are subscribed. The Agenda team is also amazingly responsive to their own Discourse forum.
- 1Password: 1Password offers nice one-off purchases as alternatives to subscription, but I found the pricing to be fair enough that I went with the subscription. They’re Canadian after all! I may switch to one-time purchase now that they have a new focus on business (and a boatload of investment funding).
- Brain.fm: I love soundscape apps and I love subscription apps that offer lifetime purchases. I bought in to Brain.fm at release with a one-time lifetime subscription at a decent discount. Nowadays I kinda wish that had been Endel, though.
I also pay for PDF Viewer Pro and Overcast Premium, though I’m less enthusiastic about those.
And yes, Fantastical is a valid answer.