I’m used to seeing plenty in the iPhone app store that I don’t think warrants being charged for, so I’m not really surprised that Conde Nast has moved away from free apps – Style.com and Wired Product Reviews, both of which just repackaged existing content in an iPhone-friendly way – to charging for an app – iReddit – that lets you access Reddit.
As you’d expect, the community has something to say about that. Fairly good-natured from what I’ve read, but then this isn’t Digg.
Now the fee ($1.99/£1.19) isn’t exorbitant – let’s face it, you splashed out on an iPhone in the first place – but it seems a bit strange that there isn’t a decent web app for the service given that so many other online tools do.
Nice bit of marketing with the “take a picture of yourself with a newspaper and a spoon” idea but only five people got the benefit of that. Meanwhile, the developer will likely get a headache from everyone who thinks it’s their right to have a bug-free app because they paid for it. Good luck, 280north. Mind you, only one person has posted a review on the iTunes app store so far, which in itself is surprising.
Apparently there’s going to be a free ad-supported version in the future (called iReddit Lite, perhaps?). What’s funny is that 280north’s first application was a browser-based slide show generator, so they can build them.