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  • Apple Releases FaceTime for Mac With a $0.99 Price Tag


    Earlier today Apple released FaceTime 1.0 for Mac, available now in the Mac App Store, with a new $0.99 price tag. What seems to have been a free app during beta stages, has not been officially taged with a price.

    Macworld's Dan Moren, says that the charge is due to accounting requirements. Apple claims there is nothing abnormal about this charge, and reminds us of the 801.11n update that cost $2.

    Apple generally stands by its notion that when new features are added as such, they have the power to tag a price to it. According to Apple, this is a substantial new feature addition, however I don`t buy it. Video calling is NOT a new feature. Sure its FaceTime, but this technology has been around for years. If they really wanted a reason to charge $0.99, say it's because of the addtion of HD quality video. (Yes this newest update adds HD video quality)

    Ironically, the new MacBook Pros released today will actually come loaded with a FaceTime app free of charge. Why free? Simply because the packaging and information detail FaceTime as being part of the Mac itself.

    What is your thought? Yeah it's only $1.00 but does this seem right to you? I'll stick to Skype for now, as it allows you to "FaceTime" from iDevice to PC no problem. And it's free!

    FaceTime on the Mac App Store
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Releases FaceTime for Mac With a $0.99 Price Tag started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      99 cents is cheap but it should be free :/
    1. iamutman's Avatar
      iamutman -
      Quote Originally Posted by frail1 View Post
      The only reason they are charging for this is because of how easy it is to charge for small apps like this now with the app store.
      or to conform with US GAAP
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      One thing I forgot to mention was that within minutes of Apple releasing FaceTime for Mac it was #1 of Paid Apps......I doubt it. Guess it helps when you run the store
      I can see that, don't really know why, but whatever...
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      Got it only spent a buck
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      I loves me some free stuff, but, Apple is a business, not a charity. The 'give updates for free' model doesn't always work. And the 'ad revenue' model is one I hate. Micropayments and microfees, I think, are perfectly reasonable ways to price minor updates in-between major releases as long as it's optional and you aren't forced into it (within certain timeframes).

      You buy a new Mac, you get the current version of iLife. If you have the old version, you have to pay for an upgrade. Complaints about FaceTime for free on new Macs is a bit over the top. Of course, that's just my opinion; I could be wrong.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by doitchinkstyle View Post
      i'm happy with my beta. my unibody mb doesn't have an hd cam ne ways, so i wouldn't even benefit from spending that extra buck. maybe i'll buy a ringtone instead? NOT!
      You mean pay Apple 99 cents to be able to clip the song that you ALREADY BOUGHT for 99 cents and play it as a ringtone? Yeah I still remember that giant ripoff they were trying to pawn off to consumers as an amazing deal. "It's only 99 cents to re-buy 25 seconds of a 3+ minute song. Good deal guys!" Same thing with this. There are better FREE options out there that don't limit you to speaking with and seeing people only running OSX or iOS.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      interesting
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      its not the price that bothers me its just principle, f'in annoying