Understanding the licensing structure of any software can sometimes be complex, but we’re here to provide clear information when it comes to Speech Central’s licensing policies across different platforms. Here are some important facts that you need to know:
The Licensing Information is Clearly Mentioned
First and foremost, we’d like to point out that the details regarding the licensing structure for Speech Central on iOS and macOS are clearly mentioned in the App Store description. This is to ensure transparency with our users right from the beginning.
Competitive Pricing Strategy
Next, it’s vital to note the competitive nature of our pricing strategy. As of now, Speech Central is priced at $9 for iOS and $10 for macOS. In comparison, the app with a similar feature set, Voice Dream Reader, is priced at $59 per year. While a unified license might have brought the cost to around $15, it would not have been a better deal for many users who prefer using the app on a single platform.
A Common Practice in Software Licensing
We also want to highlight that this differential licensing approach is quite common in the software industry, especially for applications not sold on a subscription basis. For instance, purchasing a one-time license for Microsoft Office for macOS does not unlock features in the iOS version. This practice is geared towards keeping the pricing competitive and user-focused.
A Note on Historical Licensing Norms at the App Store
Lastly, we’d like to shed light on the historical aspects influencing this licensing structure. Until the end of 2019, Apple necessitated separate licenses for iOS and macOS applications. Even though the policy changed afterwards, allowing for shared licenses for new apps, it wasn’t applicable retrospectively. Thus, merging licenses for existing apps like Speech Central would mean discontinuing updates for the existing macOS app and launching a new one under the common package, which would not be in the best interest of our existing users.
We hope this elucidation helps in understanding the rationale behind the separate licenses for iOS and macOS versions of Speech Central. We always strive to offer the best value to our users, and we believe that our current licensing structure serves this purpose effectively.
For any further queries or details, feel free to reach out to us.