Outlet for Mac Apps

Paul Hibbert lc at pbh.on-rev.com
Tue May 29 21:03:47 EDT 2012


I for one am pleased that some developers still sell through their own sites as well as MAS. I recently had a bad experience with Apple when I moved from the UK to Canada, believe it or not I lost ALL licences for apps purchased through MAS just because I updated my Apple ID to reflect my new address!

Apparently Apple does not allow their customers to move country and keep their licences, fortunately suppliers like Adobe and many other software vendors don't have the same restrictions. Some have allowed me to 'upgrade' to regular software and supplied me with a serial number, although some haven't. Strangely enough, software update still continues to update my system and apps like iPhoto & Aperture with no problems, go figure.

In future I'll be thinking twice about buying from the App Store and will usually prefer to deal direct with the vendor where possible, especially if money is concerned. Very low cost and free apps are no problem, but losing several hundred dollars worth of licences was a bitter experience, once bitten twice shy.

From now on I would encourage developers to keep their options open. For the most part, I like Apple products and get on well with them, but I've just seen a side of Apple that I really don't like, i.e., their App Store licenses.

Paul
 
On 2012-05-29, at 4:15 PM, Peter Haworth wrote:

> Phew, I was worried there for a while.
> 
> I'm gonna give Bodega a shot.  I'll post some feedback.
> 
> Pete
> lcSQL Software <http://www.lcsql.com>
> 
> 
> 
> On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM, J. Landman Gay <jacque at hyperactivesw.com>wrote:
> 
>> On 5/29/12 4:46 PM, Tim Jones wrote:
>> 
>>> I'm with Andrew.  There's noting in the license agreement I agreed to
>>> that prevents me from selling somewhere besides the AppStore.  That
>>> may work for a closed ecosystem like iOS, but Mac users would not put
>>> up with that (nor would Mac developers...).
>>> 
>> 
>> That's a relief.
>> 
>> 
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