Everything Is a Subscription Now

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by mood, May 2, 2019.

  1. mood

    mood Updates Team

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    Everything Is a Subscription Now
    Some people like owning less stuff. But can you rent stability?
    May 2, 2019

    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/...n-helped-turn-daily-life-subscription/588526/
     
  2. trott3r

    trott3r Registered Member

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    I avoid subscriptions generally.
    If i cant buy it I wait to i can.

    Software is the same if i cant buy a lifetime licence or version licence i dont buy,
    The only exception to that is AV with the work needed to keep definitions up to date accept the need for a sub.
     
  3. Joxx

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    You don't own what you don't buy. Subscription as a principle is a scam.
    And it raises other questions, political, but this is not the place.
     
  4. sdmod

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    I hate subscription rent lease stuff, particularly software. If I can't get a licence to permanently own it, I don't want it.
    I don't want anything 'in the cloud'. I don't like anyone trying to access my pc without explicit permission or software that phones home or which wants to accept calls in, behind my back. If there is a phone home element that is absolutely necessary in a software I like it to come with 'off' as the default with full and transparent reasoning as to why you should have it 'on' but only if that is of benefit to the user and not for clandestine purposes of the developer or 'partners'.
    I don't like software that includes a list of 'handy' umbilical links to Titter, Fakebook and other similar and I don't appreciate developers who think that this is a good idea.
     
  5. Brummelchen

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    subscriptions are a cash cow. i like to hold a valid license for a specific product and i keep activations for it.

    background for subscriptions is the more and more moving part to "cloud" computing - anything has to be cloud, clients get "thinner". some dont need a full featured desktop instead more a subnotebook or similar or a smartphone.
     
  6. guest

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    Subscription isn't a scam nor useless, it has its usefulness. What matters it is how it is proposed, if you can unsubscribe at any moment immediately, then it has its value.
    I won't pay full price an expensive software for a few times need.
     
  7. Infected

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    When it comes to PC security, there is no need for a subscription. There are so many free security tools to keep your pc safe now days...
     
  8. Minimalist

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    I'm willing to pay subscription for AV/AM solution and VPN service. For other purposes I can still find solutions which provide option of one time purchase or did so in past.
     
  9. mood

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    Consumers favor subscription apps over one-off purchases
    November 14, 2019
    https://betanews.com/2019/11/14/consumers-favor-subscription/
     
  10. xxJackxx

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    Per comments above, subscriptions are not a scam, but I agree they are a cash cow. I do understand the incentive for businesses to do it. We all like a steady income. So do businesses. That said, on the customer end I do not care for the idea. Society is moving to a model where you are always paying for things you never own. I don't like the idea of working my entire life away to rent my existence. The only way to stop or even slow it would be to refuse to buy into it. Unfortunately this is not an option in many cases. So I guess I don't have a solution. Until someone does I guess we'll have to make peace with it.
     
  11. reasonablePrivacy

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    Some companies ended selling lifetime licenses while other limited availability of them or made inconvenient to buy them. Under these circumstances it is not fair to conclude consumers favor subscriptions. They just may not have an option to not pay for subscriptions.
     
  12. Stefan Froberg

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    I started computing when you still owned your devices and software.
    So reflected to that background, the subscription model is alien to me
    when it comes to devices and software.
    Things like internet connection etc.. are different story of course...

    I don't need Office 365 subscription, Libreoffice works just fine. I don't need cloud.
    If I want to share some stuff with multiple devices, while on the road, I upload it into my own server
    and access from there.

    The only good thing of subscription model, from customer side, is lower cost.
    The disadvantage of subscription model is that you don't own anything and are vendor locked, meaning the initially low subscription cost can raise anytime, the TOS can change anytime.
    They can do anything they want with "your" stuff.
    The company offering service can go bankrupt, stop offering service or sold to another company.

    None of those disadvantages apply to software or device you already buyed and own.
     
  13. zapjb

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    I only have 1 subscription. BitDefender TS 5yr/5 user $53. About 12 cents on the dollar. And BitDefender has verified it is a valid subscription. Bought from an BD authorized dealer on e b a y. YMMV.
     
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