Tweetbot for Mac Goes Live on Mac App Store for $20

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    After several months in public and then private alpha and beta testing, Tweetbot for Mac has been released for $20 [App Store].

    The app includes support for the Retina MacBook Pro, iCloud syncing with the iOS versions of Tweetbot, and more. There are also a number of excellent reviews out today to help users decide if the app is worth $20, including from The Verge, The Next Web, and MacStories.

    Perhaps the biggest question from potential customers is regarding Tweetbot's $20 price. Mark Jardine, one of the developers behind Tweetbot, wrote this in a blog post announcing the release:
    Regardless, Tweetbot for Mac is available on the Mac App Store for $19.99 [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Tweetbot for Mac Goes Live on Mac App Store for $20
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2011
    $20, really?

    to quote a friend, "5 bucks would be amazing. 10 would be doable. but 20? no way."

    i know Twitter is ridiculous for the token limiting. I hear what you're saying Tapbots, I really do. But, be realistic.

    I really enjoyed the app in beta, but am very disappointed in the price.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Seems a little pricey for a Twitter app. But I couldn't resist buying it. iCloud syncing and mute filters alone make it a worthwhile purchase.
  5. macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    What's up with the formatting in that quote. I see that sort of thing all over the web, even today. You'd have thought it would sorted itself out since the 90s.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2012
    Twitter CEO,
    I've noticed you don't want third party developers making Twitter clients and are limiting their usefulness with "tokens." Care to explain?

    Twitter user,
    Thank you for using twitter. It really is a remarkable product. However, we can't allow third party developers to create twitter clients. The profits would be just TOO THIN!
  7. macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    I have the iPhone and iPad app and love it, there's no doubting this will probably be good but the price is a tad steep.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2012
    ALSO, I currently have a token attached to my Twitter account from the Beta. Hopefully it's still good while I try to convince myself to buy a twitter client for $20...
  9. macrumors 68000


    May 12, 2009
    USG Ishimura
    I paid $849 for a phone, and $1,699 for a computer. $20 is more than doable, and I'm glad I'm able to help support the devs do what they do.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2006
    Couldn't agree more. Just bought it.
  11. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    The price is a typo, right? That's outrageous! Hell, just go to the website for FREE! Another open tab won't hurt.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2010
    Lake Tahoe
    I threw down the $20 because of how exceptional the iPhone and iPad version is. Needless to say, the Mac version doesn't disappoint. Completely worth it IMO.
  13. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Anyone got an explain like I'm five for twitters token system? Much appreciated.
  14. macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2012
    It looks like a beautiful app. The price is a little high for a Twitter client but I guess there will be those who'll pay.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2012
    That is quite expensive considering I can use Twitter's web site or app for free. I think I'm going to pass.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2009
    Porto, Portugal
    20$ is not that much if you put that in perspective about what you spent on your ecosystem, with your Mac and iOS devices. Actually, Tweetbot integrates quite well with the iCloud sync feature (although it doesn't work with me on iPhone and iPad :confused:).

    The thing is... 20$ for a Twitter client? It can be the best app in the world, but it's still a Twitter client app. So, it is very expensive.

    But there is one more thing: Twitter's decisions about third-party apps. I don't see any other Twitter client coming in the next years because if just doesn't feel worthy for developers. And Twitter for Mac is going to die sooner of later (it isn't updated for like... a year?).

    I don't want to use Twitter in its web based interface, but I don't want to pay 20$ for an app. And like Twitter for Mac, I think Twitter is going to die. They are making suicide.
  17. macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    Twitter will only allow 100,000 users for any 3rd party twitter client (with some exceptions for clients that existed at the time the rule went into effect.)
  18. macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland.
    You'd have to be insane to buy a Twitter app at that price.

    I love Tweetbot for iOS, but I really can't justify the price for this OS X app.
  19. macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    Western Mass.
    I'm also in the $5-totally/$10-surely/$20-ah... camp.

    I have no doubt that a) the app is terrific, b) that we've become used to a heavily reduced price baseline, and c) Twitter token rule really hampers Tweetbot's ability to make back on their investment. It's just hard for me to justify $20 for a program I still use casually, especially when the main Twitter client, Tweetdeck, and the website are all free.
  20. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Whilst its a great app, the business logic is massively flawed.

    Lets say for arguments sake that they still have the 100,000 'tokens' that they had a while ago.

    That works out at a maximum income (taking Apple's 30% cut into account) of $1.4 million.

    Obviously they are a fairly small company, however when that runs out (and remember, I didn't take into account any expenses, so the actual profit will be significantly lower) they are promising to keep developing the software, despite having no income.

    Whilst some of their other products may subsidise the ongoing development, when it comes to major updates, they have zero incentive once they know that they cant make a penny off of it, even if they release 'v2' and charge all over again, as they wont be issued more tokens for it.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Upstate NY
    Everybody complaining about the price obviously doesn't get it. They want you to pass on buying it. They aren't doing it purely as a profit grab, once they are out of tokens that's it so they are pricing it high to keep everybody and their mother from trying it.

    This is more like boxed software than digital distribution, they only have so many copies they can sell and then they can't sell any more.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Mar 13, 2007
    Spent $20 bucks last night for a pizza dinner.....gonna crap it out shortly.

    Think $20 bucks for a decent app that I use and is open all day is a steal!

  23. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    Does syncing actually work? I've never gotten the beta to successfully sync with the iOS counter part on iCloud or Tweet Marker. It honestly is the most annoying thing about using Twitter. If Twitter can release a client that fixes that like how Tweetie was supposed to, then I'd support them blocking out 3rd party clients.
  24. macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    Insane!!!! :eek:

    I'd hate to see what you think of people who simply give money away for nothing in return. ;)
  25. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    iCloud sync never worked in the beta because it's limited to MAS apps.

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