New Subscription Service 'Setapp' Will Offer 40+ Popular Mac Apps for $9.99 Per Month

Setapp, an upcoming subscription service from MacPaw, aims to offer a Mac App Store alternative and change the way customers obtain software for their Macs. Setapp will make 40+ popular Mac apps available to Mac users for a flat monthly fee at launch, and there are plans to continually add new apps as the service grows.

Much like Netflix, Setapp will charge users a flat $9.99 fee per month, giving them access to a wide range of Mac apps like RapidWeaver, Marked 2, Ulysses, iMazing, iStat Menus, Toast Titanium, CodeRunner, Blogo, Pagico, and more. It's an interesting concept that has already attracted quite a few app developers, and could attract many more popular apps should the concept catch on.

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Setapp includes continual updates, so users who pay the subscription fee to access apps will not need to pay separately for future updates, nor will they need to make in-app purchases or pay additional money to access full app functionality. Setapp apps will also work offline, when no internet connectivity is available, and will be installed through a main Setapp app.

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Much like Apple's own Mac App Store, Setapp pays 70 percent of revenue to developers and takes a 30 percent cut, but it also provides developers with a continuous monthly revenue stream, which could be more appealing than the Mac App Store.

Setapp is rumored to be planning to have a beta testing period in the near future, which will give Mac users a chance to try out the subscription service before it launches. Mac users can sign up to request a beta invite through the Setapp website.

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37 months ago
Nope. I'd rather pay once and be done with it. The idea of 'Subscription' has turned into twisted set of rules where you get things momentarily, things that should be owned permanently.
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37 months ago

Why do you feel the need to own them permanently? I'm not watching the same movies, playing the same games, listening to the same songs, or using the same apps as I was just a few years ago.

It's essentially "wasted money" unless you have some sort of collector mania.



It's got nothing to do with being a collector. I just don't see the point of paying them every month when I'm sure I won't be using every app offered so why keep on paying them?

I personally like the idea of owning the things I want/need, where I can. So called 'wasted money' won't be nearly as much as you'd end up paying them throughout the months/years you'd keep the subscription.

$120 a year spent on apps, $120 spent on streaming music, $120 streaming movies every year just does not make sense to me. I'd rather spend all that money on owing albums, movies, apps which I really want and can always go back to when desired without the worry of direct debits.

Of course that's my personal opinion and your consumption could completely differ.
Rating: 12 Votes
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37 months ago
Subscriptions have ruined so many great software products. I get the desire for a continuous, predictable revenue stream, but... It leads to mediocre products and consumer lock-in.

It's killed the educational software market. My organization spends much less on software than we used to, back when we could purchase it outright.
Rating: 7 Votes
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37 months ago

Why do you feel the need to own them permanently? I'm not watching the same movies, playing the same games, listening to the same songs, or using the same apps as I was just a few years ago.

It's essentially "wasted money" unless you have some sort of collector mania.


How are apps anything like a movie?
Rating: 7 Votes
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37 months ago
I need an app just to keep up with all my subscriptions, though the app would undoubtedly require a subscription as well.
Rating: 6 Votes
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37 months ago
It seems like the tech world is becoming subscription-based. Essentially it is renting music, TV, apps, and even hardware.

I am not saying it is good or bad, just pointing out the trends I see.
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37 months ago
Doesnt this sound like a cable tv model that most people hate and wished it was al carte? A lot of people hate pying for bundless only to find out that they watch 1-2 channles out of 100+ channel bundle that is requred to purchase
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37 months ago

It's got nothing to do with being a collector. I just don't see the point of paying them every month when I'm sure I won't be using every app offered so why keep on paying them?

I personally like the idea of owning the things I want/need, where I can. So called 'wasted money' won't be nearly as much as you'd end up paying them throughout the months/years you'd keep the subscription.

$120 a year spent on apps, $120 spent on streaming music, $120 streaming movies every year just does not make sense to me. I'd rather spend all that money on owing albums, movies, apps which I really want and can always go back to when desired without the worry of direct debits.

Of course that's my personal opinion and your consumption could completely differ.

Yup, I'm cancelling my Apple Music subscription next month (because it costs too much for what it provides). I don't agree with renting media too. It hit home recently when I was on the road and parts of my phone had logged off. I needed to log back in but I hit an area of no reception and lost the 'right' to play media I owned. I had music to keep me occupied but that isn't the point, it reminded that I don't own this stuff. I'm just borrowing it until they see otherwise.

It's the same with buying any digital media. If it's not DRM free then you don't own it and the moment the service that does manage it goes down - there goes your media too.

But. Folk like to rent everything these days. I'm sure it makes those who rent out this stuff a lot of money. I can see why they do it.
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37 months ago
I think this Netflix-style app rental model makes more sense for "flavor-of-the-month" varieties like games and educational apps.
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37 months ago

It's got nothing to do with being a collector. I just don't see the point of paying them every month when I'm sure I won't be using every app offered so why keep on paying them?

I personally like the idea of owning the things I want/need, where I can. So called 'wasted money' won't be nearly as much as you'd end up paying them throughout the months/years you'd keep the subscription.

$120 a year spent on apps, $120 spent on streaming music, $120 streaming movies every year just does not make sense to me. I'd rather spend all that money on owing albums, movies, apps which I really want and can always go back to when desired without the worry of direct debits.

Of course that's my personal opinion and your consumption could completely differ.


Plus there is another issue with this model, lets say you get 40 Apps for $9,99, but how many you actually use, nobody will use all of them, most of the people probably 5 Apps or less, better to pay for them on a per App base so you own them.
And there's another issue, too few Apps in this offer are probably worth it.
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