One aspect of subscriptions that I do actually like but haven’t seen a lot of mention around is the flexibility that they offer when working with software.
I love “owning” software that I know I’ll never not want to own. But what if something comes up at my job, or at home, and I need to use (hypothetically) OmniGraffle for one project? It would cost me $100-250 to purchase the app.
But with a subscription I could subscribe to the app for a month. I can use it how I need and then cancel my subscription going forward.
Sure I don’t “own” the app after I’m done but the fact that I was able to do my work more efficiently is worth that “fee” to me.
It also gives me a chance to try out apps I wouldn’t normally use. Every once in a while I throw $2 toward TickTick and try it out. Or Todoist. Or I have a less busy month and I put $5 toward Apple Arcade that month.
I totally understand the aversion to subscriptions for apps that you’ll use forever and don’t want to leave. I think that’s valid and something I struggle with but ultimately technology has always required a recurring expense. With subscriptions I think we’re finally seeing that cost a bit more clearly and it’s also giving us a freedom to experiment that hasn’t been there before.
Anyway, just something I was thinking about.