It’s not that people paid 99 cents. It’s that they paid for your app at all.
I get that devs want to be compensated for their work. I pay for a lot of software. If AppCubby wants to add in-app purchases to Timer, go right ahead. My problem with the whole thing is that every time devs take a previously paid app and make it free so they can get more downloads and hopefully make up their costs, they add ads. Starting free and charging for in-app purchases is fine. Starting free and going paid is fine. Starting paid and going free with no ads is fine. It’s the starting paid, going free, and then adding ads that’s the big “fuck you”.
And don’t say I’m entitled. I didn’t need an update. Timer was a buck or two, and did all I needed it to. It’s like paying someone to paint your house, and then they come back and say they’ll give you a free touch up and then slap a billboard on your front door and say, “If you give me a little extra, I’ll take this billboard down!”
It’s a dick move and I think AppCubby realizes that people would think so. Previously, in the app’s settings, there were contact buttons, but not anymore. Why make it easier to complain about something that you know people won’t like?
There’s a simple way to get around this. Don’t update the app. Let it die. Let me keep the ad-free app I wanted, and sell Timer 2.0 as a brand-new app. When Tweetie 2 launched, Tweetie 1 went away and if you wanted the new one, you could buy it, or you could keep using the old one. When you put out an update that people don’t want they have few options.
Don’t download it and be forever annoyed because you can’t use the “Update All” button in the App Store ever again.
Download it and be unhappy.
Delete the app.
They are shitty choices, but those are your options.