Popular Reddit App Apollo Shutting Down After Today, Pixel Pals Migration Feature Added

Popular third-party Reddit app Apollo is set to shut down after today as Reddit will be implementing its paid API changes tomorrow. Apollo's shuttering was announced earlier in June after developer Christian Selig was unable to work out a deal with Reddit to keep the app functional.

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Reddit as of tomorrow will be charging third-party developers who use its API. Every 1,000 API calls will be priced at $0.24, with 50 million available for $12,000. With the number of users that Apollo has and the average API calls used per person, Selig calculated that he would need to pay $1.7 million per month or $20 million per year to keep Apollo functional, a price point that he was not able to work with.

Selig was only given 30 days notice to implement changes before Reddit would begin charging for API access, which he said was not enough time to change Apollo's business model and make the necessary updates to accommodate the fees. Apollo has free tier users, those who pay by month, lifetime subscription users, and yearly subscribers, a complicated mix that would leave Selig without sufficient monthly revenue to pay for the API usage within Reddit's timeline.

Apollo's yearly subscribers will receive a refund for the time remaining on their subscriptions, but those who have enjoyed Apollo during the time that it was available have the option to decline the refund. Selig estimates that he will need to pay around $250,000 to refund subscribers. "It's been the pleasure of a lifetime building Apollo for you over the last nine years. I thank you so much for your kindness, input, and generosity over the years," Selig wrote yesterday.

Customers who do not want a refund can log into the Apollo app and turn it down, otherwise the refunds are automatic. Selig plans to shut down Apollo in the hours ahead of July 1 to avoid Reddit's fees. Other Reddit apps like Reddit is Fun will also be shutting down prior to tomorrow.

Apollo today received one last update ahead of the app's shutdown, with Selig implementing a feature that allows Apollo users to transfer their Pixel Pals to the official Pixel Pals app. [Direct Link]

Tags: Apollo, Reddit

Top Rated Comments

redbeard331 Avatar
13 weeks ago

Good. Apollo should stop freeloading off of Reddit's work.

And for those wanting to donate to Christian, just know he's using tear emojis in his tweets while laughing at the numbers of digits in his bank account.
This pro Reddit trolling is pretty sad at this point.
Score: 91 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xpxp2002 Avatar
13 weeks ago

Good. Apollo should stop freeloading off of Reddit's work.
Meanwhile, it's completely fine that Reddit freeloads off of all the content and moderation work that they don't compensate their users for creating and doing?
Score: 90 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KurtWilde Avatar
13 weeks ago

Good. Apollo should stop freeloading off of Reddit's work.
Thank you sir, may we have a worse take?
Score: 86 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
13 weeks ago
RIP to the best app ?
Score: 59 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dsusanj Avatar
13 weeks ago

Good. Apollo should stop freeloading off of Reddit's work.
What reddit's work? The API was previously free to use and they were even incapable of developing their own mobile app until they bought Alien Blue.

And the content is provided (free of charge) by mods and users – so if anyone's been freeloading and now capitalising on others' work, it's reddit themselves.
Score: 53 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
13 weeks ago
Goodbye Reddit. Apollo will be dearly missed. ? ☹️

You were great and made a big difference in this world. Bigger and better things are ahead! Thank you! ?
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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