Reddit’s new usage-based API pricing is now in impact, and whereas the potential prices pressured many third-party apps to shut down, a handful of apps are pivoting to paid subscriptions to assist pay for Reddit’s API charges. On Monday, the developer of 1 surviving iOS app, Narwhal, introduced the month-to-month price for the app: $3.99 per thirty days.
Narwhal’s developer, who goes by det0ur on Reddit, went into extra element concerning the price in a Monday post. “Reddit is now charging a considerable price to make use of the API to energy Narwhal,” det0ur wrote. “This price will likely be tens of 1000’s if not lots of of 1000’s a month relying on how many individuals subscribe. The one aim of this subscription is to cowl the prices of utilizing the API.” The month-to-month price is about to return into impact in a week or two.
You’ll must pay month-to-month, no less than for the second. Customers received’t be capable of purchase a lifetime unlock as a result of “the API has a month-to-month value to Narwhal,” det0ur says. Though det0ur is contemplating a technique to pay yearly, “for now, we’re a bit nervous about Reddit growing the value of the API. To be secure, we’re going to preserve it a month-to-month subscription.”
det0ur landed on the $3.99 per thirty days worth after initially saying a set of subscription tiers. The tiers, which ranged from $2.99 per thirty days to $11.99 per thirty days, gave you a sure variety of API calls (one name is mainly something Narwhal must entry from Reddit itself and cargo into the app) based mostly on how a lot you paid. Underneath that mannequin, in the event you ran out of API calls, you possibly can pay extra to prime up your plan.
However quickly after saying it, det0ur made a put up saying the at-the-time potential swap to the flat month-to-month price. “Let’s be actual, the 2003-esque mobile phone plan with monitored utilization simply isn’t nice,” det0ur said in the post. “Who desires to even fear about what an API name is? Not to mention how a lot it is going to value.”