We believe that people who create great software should be able to make a living doing it. So we created The Developers Union to advocate for sustainability in the App Store.
Today, we are asking Apple to publicly commit — by the tenth anniversary of the App Store this July — to allowing free trials for all apps in the App Stores before July 2019. After that, we’ll start advocating for a more reasonable revenue cut and other community-driven, developer-friendly changes.
Think of The Developers Union more as a movement than an actual union, they’re a group of united developers with a common goal, which is to get free trials for all apps in the app stores, and they don’t just mean using a subscription model, but letting you trial an app before you buy.
To get some more info, Brent Simmons, one of the members, wrote an interesting piece about this group
Some of the press coverage about The Developers Union uses words like “angry” and “fed up.” These aren’t accurate characterizations at all. Nobody’s mad here!
But here‘s the deal: Apple controls the App Store and its economics. The system could be set up better to support high-quality apps, by indies, that last for years.
Apple doesn’t have to, of course. But we can ask! It’s totally okay to ask, so we are.
We think that an important first step would be a standardized, App-Store-supported way of offering free trials. (And where, once purchased, Family Sharing works.)
Trial versions have worked great for years for indie Mac developers, before the App Store, and we think it would benefit indies on the iOS and Mac App Stores.
And the platform would get better — and more sustainable — apps. Everyone wins!
If you agree, you can sign up. Add your name. Add your app.
I’m thinking of my friends, of developers I admire, of up-and-coming developers I haven’t even heard of yet. I — quite selfishly! — want them to thrive. I want to see what great stuff they could make. I want everybody to have the opportunity I’ve had.