When will the App Store support Monthly subscriptions

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by ssheinfi, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. ssheinfi macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2008
    I am creating an app which would be better served as a monthly subscription service (e.g. $.99/month" versus a one time fee of $4.99). Any information on when the App store may have this an an option?
  2. evilyankeefan macrumors regular


    Aug 12, 2007
    I'll bite. What type of app do you believe fits this model?
  3. jaseone macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    Houston, USA
    I doubt it will ever, just handle that outside of the app store and have your users sign up for an account through the app and then charge them the subscription through there. There is at least one other app that does that already, that one that allows you to remote back into your PC using their online service and client side tool to manage the connections to get around firewalls.
  4. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    web app

    Try a doing a web app instead. Lot's of those listed on Apple's web app page require monthly subscriptions already. Do one web page free and one requiring subscription.

    Then make your installed app do something useful by itself, in addition to optionally using data from either your free and your subscribed web portal.
  5. Greencardman macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2003
    Madison, WI
    Why not price it at free and have the user pay for a subscription inside the app or through a website? You also don't have to pay Apple 30% that way.
  6. ssheinfi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2008
    Thank you

    This has been very helpful. Great ideas. Very much appreciated.
  7. DarkNight79 macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2008
    That violates Apple's Terms of Service. If you do manage to slip it through and get it live, Apple will pull your app if they get wind of it.

    There's a rumor that XM/Sirius Satellite radio are preparing to launch their first joint app on the iPhone. Since their whole business model is subscription, I doubt that they'll just give it away for free.
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Why do you say that? I've seen many apps in the app store where you have to subscribe to a separate paid subscription service in order to use them. Here's just one example:
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I really don't see Apple ever doing something like that. But you never know. MLB at Bat is supposed to be a yearly charge, so it is possible they could do something like what you want.
  10. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    There are two ways:

    Like stated above, you can simply make your application require a sign up.

    And no, this does not violate Apple's terms...otherwise Apple made a huge mistake calling salesforce.com to demonstrate their salesforce application...which last I checked requires a monthly service.

    You can also choose to relist your application...that way it's theoretically different than your previous application...making people pay again. I think that's what MLB's gonna do.
  11. ssheinfi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2008
    Thank you all again. There seem to be a variety of ways to pull this off. I'm really very appreciative of the time and thought that you have put into your replies. Very generous!
  12. slidetounlock macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2008
    Just to comment geekstoolbox and nicemac are offering a sirius/xm service, as well as usirius, they should be free according to the developers i trade emails with while testing their software. So they most likey wont charge.

    I personally doubt sirius or xm will launch their own app, as it would dampers sales of the inno and stilletos(sp?)....anyway either way Sirius/XM will be here soon, what I want is slingbox to come up already!

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