I feel like Mylio’s funding model is not yet right.
First of all, thanks so much for Mylio Free. It’s a wonderful way to get folks – like me – hooked on a great app.
But… I don’t feel like there’s a place in your funding model for my use case – which I think is a very common one. I’m a casual, family photographer. I have more than 25,000 photos and want to sync only with others in my family. Heck, my kids are grown so practically speaking that means synching with my wife.
In other words, lots of photos and the devices used by myself and my wife (2 computers, 2 phones, 2 tablets).
I’m more than happy to pay more than $0 for Mylio for that use case. But I’m unwilling to pay $99/yr. (the subscription plan). The thing that stops me is thinking about the multi-year scenario. I’d expect to use Mylio for a decade. Am I willing to pay $1,000 for that? No. It’s a great app but $1,000 is just plain greedy. (Note, I’ve developed software. I know it’s a lot of work.)
What do I think would be fair? I’d go for one of the following:
- $100 to buy the app; $15/yr maintenance for each following year. Free upgrades for as long as I’ve continuously paid my maintenance fees.
- $25/yr subscription fee
- $100 to buy the app; $50 for each significant upgrade (est. every two years)