There was a time – oh yes, I remember it well – when we paid once for a Premium program and we then owned it. Have you noticed that these days, more and more software vendors are moving to an annual subscription model where we never actually own the software but rather lease it on an annual basis?
I own a copy of Snagit 12, the professional screenshot capture tool, which I purchased many years ago for a one-time payment. It still works fine today, still does everything I need. Similarly, I own a copy of Ashampoo Burning Studio 18 which I purchased around five years ago for a one-time payment. It does everything I need or could ever need.
Now, I can appreciate and understand an annual subscription model where ongoing development is essential, such as with antivirus software, for example, which is required to keep pace with new and emerging threats. However, in many cases, the software is already optimal and fit for purpose with zero ongoing development required.
Take CCleaner as a prime example, a program that updates with regular monotony. The areas where junk files accumulate are well known and not subject to change. Are you fixing things that should have been correct in the first place?
What I say is, if the software wasn’t optimal when you sold it to me at full price then you shouldn’t have charged me the full price in the first place, should you? CCleaner Pro is currently selling for $29.95US per annum which means that after 10 years the user will have paid around $300.00US for a basic junk file cleaner – and that’s provided the annual subscription does not increase during that time. Yeah, sure. Haha.
Needless to say, I NEVER buy software that requires annual subscriptions. I will pay good money for a good program but only if I can buy it with a one-time payment. And that, my friends, is becoming ever more difficult to find.
End of rant.