As per some recent pieces of information, Reddit is making changes to its API prices. In this perspective, the company says that its app Apollo would be required to pay more money in order to keep running. Christian Selig, Apollo’s developer, was informed today that Reddit intends to charge $12,000 for 50 million API requests. Apollo made seven billion requests in the previous month, which would require Selig to pay Reddit $1.7 million per month or $20 million annually to maintain the app.
A normal Apollo user utilizes 344 requests at the rate of per day. In this case, the requests would be priced at $2.50 per month. It is double in contrast to the current subscription prices. Or in other words, we can say that it is such a huge amount that Selig might not be able to pay it. Additional features are provided with Apollo Pro. It is available at a $4.99 one-time fee. On the other hand, Apollo Ultra is an even more upscale tier that costs $12.99 annually.
Reddit pledged that it would not “operate like Twitter” and charge developers an exorbitant price. Despite this, Selig says he is “deeply disappointed” in the company’s proposed pricing. In contrast, Twitter bills $42,000 for 50 million tweets. Reddit’s fee has decreased to $12,000 for 50 million requests, but it is nevertheless too expensive for a freelance developer.
Furthermore, Selig claims that access to an image storage site and social network Imgur cost him $166 per month. At this price, he gets access to 50 million API calls. Reddit has been “communicative and civil” during the half a dozen phone calls, according to Selig, but the pricing is not “anything based in reality or remotely reasonable.” Reddit has stated that this is the price that developers will be required to pay because the pricing is not negotiable.
Apollo is one of the well-known third-party Reddit apps. It has several new features as well as updates. It even has interfaces that allow it to collect user feedback on new features. On the other hand, Reddit has its own separate app. However, it has the same feature offerings as Apollo. Such high prices for third-party apps could result in their extinction and users will be forced to use the official app that is efficiently controlled by Reddit.
Back in April, Reddit declared the new charging policy for AP access. At the same time, Twitter announced its policy about third-party apps. In comparison, bots and researchers can use Reddit for free for academic purposes. However, third-party apps like Apollo will be required to pay in the future. There is no information on what will happen and how things will turn out. But the subscription prices could increase, and the app might eventually end the free access to users.
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