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Popular third-party Reddit app Apollo is set to shut down after today as Reddit will be implementing its paid API changes tomorrow. Apollo's shuttering was announced earlier in June after developer Christian Selig was unable to work out a deal with Reddit to keep the app functional.

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Reddit as of tomorrow will be charging third-party developers who use its API. Every 1,000 API calls will be priced at $0.24, with 50 million available for $12,000. With the number of users that Apollo has and the average API calls used per person, Selig calculated that he would need to pay $1.7 million per month or $20 million per year to keep Apollo functional, a price point that he was not able to work with.

Selig was only given 30 days notice to implement changes before Reddit would begin charging for API access, which he said was not enough time to change Apollo's business model and make the necessary updates to accommodate the fees. Apollo has free tier users, those who pay by month, lifetime subscription users, and yearly subscribers, a complicated mix that would leave Selig without sufficient monthly revenue to pay for the API usage within Reddit's timeline.

Apollo's yearly subscribers will receive a refund for the time remaining on their subscriptions, but those who have enjoyed Apollo during the time that it was available have the option to decline the refund. Selig estimates that he will need to pay around $250,000 to refund subscribers. "It's been the pleasure of a lifetime building Apollo for you over the last nine years. I thank you so much for your kindness, input, and generosity over the years," Selig wrote yesterday.

Customers who do not want a refund can log into the Apollo app and turn it down, otherwise the refunds are automatic. Selig plans to shut down Apollo in the hours ahead of July 1 to avoid Reddit's fees. Other Reddit apps like Reddit is Fun will also be shutting down prior to tomorrow.


Apollo today received one last update ahead of the app's shutdown, with Selig implementing a feature that allows Apollo users to transfer their Pixel Pals to the official Pixel Pals app. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Popular Reddit App Apollo Shutting Down After Today, Pixel Pals Migration Feature Added
 
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GMShadow

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Good. Apollo should stop freeloading off of Reddit's work.

And for those wanting to donate to Christian, just know he's using tear emojis in his tweets while laughing at the numbers of digits in his bank account.

Meanwhile, the financial sector is just thrilled about how Reddit is operating.

Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund valued its holdings in Reddit at $15.4 million as of May 31, according to the fund’s monthly disclosure released Friday. That’s down 7.36% from the $16.6 million mark at April’s closure and altogether a slide of 45.4% since its investment in August 2021.

Why are we a part of this fiasco? I don't care about reddit or its 3rd party apps. Not really related to macs or apple imho.

It's an app that won awards and was mentioned multiple times by name at WWDC, it's a little more notable than "Flappy Bird clone #2902181"
 

dsusanj

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Good. Apollo should stop freeloading off of Reddit's work.
What reddit's work? The API was previously free to use and they were even incapable of developing their own mobile app until they bought Alien Blue.

And the content is provided (free of charge) by mods and users – so if anyone's been freeloading and now capitalising on others' work, it's reddit themselves.
 

Schmitti81

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If I remember correctly, the app could have continued if Reddit wouldn't change the price within a month notice.
Like if they had a few months or half a year to transition from $1/month to $10/month to include the API cost.

But with such a short notice, it is only possible to pull the plug.

And if Reddit doesn't burn all bridges, Mr. Selig could of course restart Apollo in a few months with new pricing to include the API cost.
 

Parzival

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Good. Apollo should stop freeloading off of Reddit's work.

As a platform, Reddit is completely dependent on its users. As soon as they leave, that's the end of it.

As is so often the case, it's the most avid users who make the biggest impact. Many moderators will belong to that group, as well as the people who use third party apps. You may not immediately see the consequences of their departure, but over time the quality and quantity of contributions will decrease, making it less compelling for remaining users to visit the website.

A social media platform declaring war on its own users, what a great idea...
 

OhMyMy

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Meanwhile, it's completely fine that Reddit freeloads off of all the content and moderation work that they don't compensate their users for creating and doing?
If you think Reddit should compensate everyone creating content then you have no idea how social media works. By your logic everyone creating a post of Facebook should be compensated as well.

But mods being compensated for their effort otoh should’ve been a thing from the start.
 

xpxp2002

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If you think Reddit should compensate everyone creating content then you have no idea how social media works. By your logic everyone creating a post of Facebook should be compensated as well.

But mods being compensated for their effort otoh should’ve been a thing from the start.
I was just pointing out the hypocrisy of the post that suggests that Christian is freeloading off of Reddit, despite Reddit never charging for its API in the past; but also suggesting that Reddit isn't guilty of the same thing because its entire value comes from free content and moderation work.
 

OhMyMy

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There's a difference between cynically trashing a person's reputation or career over a single misguided comment and a coordinated choice by consumers to stop consuming a service over predatory practices.

Reddit exists inside a free market economy. Viable competition is welcome.
Yes, there is a difference. One is a PR stunt and another is cancel culture.

I don’t have sympathies for either side. One individual played the victim card while cashing in on an opportunity, irrespective of the figure, and the other just being a greedy corporation.
 

sw1tcher

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Meanwhile, it's completely fine that Reddit freeloads off of all the content and moderation work that they don't compensate their users for creating and doing?

Not defending tripsync or anything, but that's sure a strange take on things.

Some people started a site and called it Reddit. Random people then went to Reddit and started posting stuff on there of their own volition knowing full well that they wouldn't be compensated in any way whatsoever and that Reddit, through the use of ads, would generate revenue. The same goes for the people who decided to step up and moderate.

If these Reddit users and moderators were not okay with that arrangement, then why didn't they stop posting and moderating?
 
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