Tweetbot for Mac has been released and has quickly soared to the top of the Mac App store charts. After many months of testing different Alpha and Beta versions of the software that were received with mixed reviews, the Tapbots app has finally arrived in its finished form. The app includes most of the features that have long made the iOS version of Tweetbot popular while improving the interface and adding iCoud features that alone make the app stand above its competitors.
The app has no doubt matured since its earlier releases and now finally feels like a full-fledged desktop Twitter client that will be hard to compete with. However, in what may seem frustrating to some users, the app is going to cost you $19.99 on the Mac App store. Tapbots has said that this pricing model is mostly because of Twitter API restrictions, but defends itself saying that $20 for quality software is not too far of a stretch. Follow after the break for the full statement regarding pricing.
Why is Tweetbot for Mac $20?
If you think about it, it’s not that expensive. Twenty dollars for a quality piece of software that you use every day? That has been the price point for quality utility apps on the Mac for years. However, it’s not just the development time and attention we put into the app that commands the higher price.
Because of Twitter’s recent enforcement of token limits, we only have a limited number of tokens available for Tweetbot for Mac. These tokens dictate how many users Tweetbot for Mac can have. The app’s limit is separate from, but much smaller than, the limit for Tweetbot for iOS. Once we use up the tokens granted to us by Twitter, we will no longer be able to sell the app to new users. Tapbots will continue to support Tweetbot for Mac for existing customers at that time.
This limit and our desire to continue to support the app once we sell out is why we’ve priced Tweetbot for Mac a little higher than we’d like. It’s the best thing we can do for the long term viability of the product. We know some will not be happy about Tweetbot for Mac’s pricing, but the bottom line is Twitter needs to provide us with more tokens for us to be able to sell at a lower the price. We spent a year developing this app and it’s the only way for us to be able to make our money back and continue supporting it with updates in the future. Feel free to let Twitter know how you feel about it.
If you’ve used the Alphas/Betas and have decided not to purchase, please do us a huge favor and Revoke access; that frees up extra tokens for potential customers (the betas will expire anyways). We truly appreciate your support whether you make the purchase or not. You guys have been a great help during the beta process.