MidiFire - forthcoming price changes (hoax) Apr 1, 2018 9:15:17 GMT
Post by nic on Apr 1, 2018 9:15:17 GMT
--- Please note, this was an April Fool's joke. There are no plans to move to any pricing model like this. ---
I’m pleased to announce that starting from the next update of MidiFire onwards, a new fairer pricing model will come into effect.
Similar to ‘pay as you go’ phone plans, MidiFire will require the acquisition of ‘message credits’ to process MIDI. Each time MidiFire processes an incoming MIDI event, a deduction will be made against the user’s current message credits as follows:
- note on, controller - 2 credits
- program change, clock start/stop message - 1 credit
- sysex message less than or equal to16 bytes - 2 credits
- sysex message greater than 16 bytes - 5 credits
all other messages (clock ticks, pitchbend and aftertouch) are free
Each new or existing MidiFire customer will receive a base allocation of 10,000 credits to start with and additional credits can be purchased via MidiFire’s new ‘Audeonic Store’ (see screenshot for sneak preview).
Credits can also be acquired by leaving a 5 star review on the App Store (10,000 credits), but 1 star reviews will remove the customer’s ability to purchase any further credits once the base credits have been used. Apple’s iTunesConnect API permits developers to link reviews to appleids used for purchases from the App Store.
Unused credits will expire after 6 months. If all credits are depleted then the customer will need to top-up their message credit balance to continue using the app’s processing features.
I will update the EULA with the revised pricing schedule later on today.
I have given this change a great deal of thought and believe the ‘user pays’ model is a more equitable way to spread the cost of MidiFire development across the user base without the light users subsidising the heaviest.