∞ The Tweetie dilemma: Is it worth the $3 upgrade?

I was amazed to read all the people whining and complaining about having to pay $3 to upgrade to Tweetie 2.0. Tweetie for iPhonePeople are literally up in arms over this. It’s $3! You will spend that much on a coffee and donut the next time you go out.

I don’t see people walking into Starbucks and saying, “yeah, I paid for a coffee yesterday, so I don’t think I should have to pay for it again today.” Try that and see how it works for you.

When did society get this feeling that everything should be free? You know what amazes me even more? If you told the same people that are screaming about paying $3 for Tweetie that they had to work for free, they would yell from the rooftops about how unfair it is.

Yet, they expect the developers to create new versions of their iPhone and Mac apps at no cost. I can see point upgrades being free — typically they fix minor issues or add small features to the app. But large full version updates should be paid. Period.

If we want developers to continue making quality apps for the iPhone and Mac, they need a way to make money. It’s that simple. Developing an app isn’t cheap.

If you don’t think it’s worth it, that’s fine, don’t buy it. Ultimately, if it’s a good app and you are not willing to pay the $3, you are the one losing out. Most people will use their common sense and realize that it’s worth the money.

Bring on Tweetie 2.0, I’m ready to give you my $3.

  • John Baxter

    I’m not going to buy the Tweetie iPhone upgrade. But that’s because I stopped using Tweetie. I certainly would pay if I were using it.

    Not long after, I stopped using Twitter from the iPhone. I don’t need to be that connected.


  • Thank you, oh bearded one, for this. The sheer amount of self-delusion, intellectual dishonesty and straw-man arguments being flung about over a THREE DOLLAR UPGRADE by people who should bloody well know better is amazing.

  • kevin

    and these same people are paying $70 a month just to access the network Tweetie uses.

    • Jim Dalrymple

      LOL, definitely a good add!

  • Mike Erickson

    I couldn’t agree more! As a software developer, this mindset really bothers me. Sure, I am an iPhone user but I often buy apps just because I think the app is cool and I want to the developers to continue making cool apps.

    I have bought just about every twitter client there is (surely spent more on twitter clients than anything else) and I surely only use one application for my tweeting.

    I applaud the developer for charging a fee for this major update, there is no other way to charge for upgrades!

  • Jim

    Absolutely agree. These must be the same people that complain about 8 dollar apps and games for the iPhone. Of course the only reason they are really complaining is that they can’t figure out a way to steal it and still make it work on their iPhone or iPod touch 😀 Jim

    P.S. Of course that’s unfortunately over half the posters now on Macworld. So glad you started this website. I feel home again.

    • Jim Dalrymple

      Glad your enjoying it Jim, I certainly appreciate the support.

  • Preach it brother!

  • “But it’s the principal!” Friggin’ entitletards…

    The only valid point made in this whole circle-jerk is that Apple hasn’t provided a mechanism to charge upgrade pricing for apps. But even if there was support for upgrade pricing, how much can you shave off of $1-$5 price range and still make it worthwhile for for a dev after Apple gets their 30%?

    Looking forward to spending $3.

    • Jim Dalrymple

      Good point Jack.

    • Bing bing bing, give Jack a prize. I’ll be the first to admit that the App Store should have a mechanism for providing upgrade pricing, but I have yet to hear this particular developer state that he wishes to offer a discount. Reading the original blog post, it sounded to me like he thought that three simoleans was more than fair (I happen to agree).

  • I know first hand how little people care about supporting developers. As a freeware/hobby dev I’ve had THREE people donate via PayPal over THREE YEARS. That’s out of 70,000+ downloads. I’m not bringing it up to make people feel guilty or to solicit donations (please don’t). I’m just bringing it up to lend credibility to what Jim is saying. Now if we switch the subject to feature requests …I think you get my drift. Because of my own experience I’ve started to open my wallet a bit more often. Heck, it’s the whole reason I shelled out for Tweetie on the Mac. The ads never bothered me.

    I DO think a lot of developers charge too much for their apps and/or upgrades, but complaining over a $3 app is absolutely bat-shit crazy. If you can’t get $3 worth out of something YOU AREN’T USING IT.

    If I were a real dev this topic would infuriate me.

    • Jim Dalrymple

      Wow. I think that says a lot.

  • I’m sorry but I don’t agree with you on this. Yes, developers should get paid, absolutely! And yes, new versions of the software should be paid, absolutely! But…

    This is not valid for iPhone AppStore. Apple did set it up so you pay for an app only once and use it for the lifetime. There are thousands of examples on the AppStore doing this and making millions of dollars out of this deal. If you want to earn more than a million pound in a year, by just writing a Twitter client, no matter how good that is, you shouldn’t expect to earn more than 1 million dollar out of it! This is period…

    atebits made more than a million pound out of this app. Many people in the world do not earn this much money during their lifetime. Please, can you understand this?

    If he wanted to charge for his app, he could charge 0.99 cents. Then almost all of the existing users would upgrade (which brings another million to the kitty) and also would gain a huge marketshare by attracting new users.


    • @Emrah – What’s your source for how much Tweetie 1 has made?

    • Jim Dalrymple

      Wait a second. So, because the product did really well the first time around, everyone deserves a free version for life? I have to pay for each iPod I get, but those are popular.

      You can use Tweetie 1 for life if you want, but that doesn’t mean you should get future versions for free.

    • Eric

      Sorry, that makes no sense at all.

  • Gustav

    Thank you, Jim! You echoed my opinion perfectly. As a software developer, I find it incredulous that people expect software developers to work for free.

    It costs tens of thousands of dollars to make even the simplest iPhone app; and that’s not including producing in-app graphics, marketing, advertising, etc.

    • Jim Dalrymple

      I’ve talked to several devs that said the same thing. Tens of thousands of dollars. I don’t envy devs.

  • Eric

    Hey, those stupid developers got into this racket because they have some reason to meet my needs.

    How dare they act like it’s for their own benefit!


    • Jim Dalrymple


  • Scott B.

    This App is worth it and even more.

    People are so self centered and Cheap, Support the App if you like it, If not Don’t Buy the New Version.

    The problem is is that Apps are so cheap, People want them fro free, They don’t understand the Months of work and coding that goes into Development or in this case a needed update to support a New Release of iPhone OS 3.

    Also to Emrah Omuris, Get over it, Don’t By it or upgrade, And no it is not like you said, Follow this and understand.

    1. You Buy an App you get free updates for that (VERSION) on the App. so Version #1 (is the Old Version)

    2. Version #2 does Not Follow under this line of “Get Free Updates For Life” As you suggest, It’s a New Version.

    I Am Not going to spend much time trying to explain to you “Emrah Omuristhe” the difference of the two above since you came up with such a lame excuse to not pay for a completely New Updated App.

    It would be pointless other then to say,

    It’s People like you that have a complex known as (“Entitlement”), and it is also what is so wrong with this wold today, Wanting something for nothing and not giving credit to those that do something to benefit others.

    Good-day, Lets hope Emrah you don’t get stiffed out of Hard work you have put your time and energy in, But then maybe if you lose allot you might appreciate the irony of you excuses.

  • I’ll have no problem paying $3 for Tweetie 2. There’s a certain practicality that’s missing from the idea, though.

    Let’s fast forward to some day in late November, when Tweetie 2 has presumably been released. Something goes wrong with Tweetie 1, and it needs a minor networking update. This is not an unreasonable prediction, given Twitter’s flights of fancy. Does it happen?

    If we concede that’s possible and want to allow it, Tweetie 1 has to stay in the store.

    So let’s imagine a user wants to buy Tweetie on that same day. Do they accidentally buy Tweetie 1 instead of Tweetie 2? Has the price of Tweetie been increased to discourage this? What if someone accidentally pays it, then wants Tweetie 2 instead?

    $3 for a new version is fine. But the headaches might not be worth it. I begin to think that Tweetie 2 as a free upgrade with in-store purchase of the new services might be smarter. But then is it possible to include those new services for free in new purchases?

    This is Apple’s mess, though, not Atebits’. I feel sorry for the developer trying to sort this all out.

    But, again, the cost isn’t the problem. I’ll cheerfully spend the $3. But Apple’s inflexible system might be a problem.

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