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Web app users are a notoriously frugal bunch. Google, Facebook, and other web app behemoths have gotten us used to all web apps being free. It’s not just apps, either: news sites and more are struggling to make their businesses work after giving away their content for ad-driven pageviews. Many people seem amazed that downloaded apps, books, music, and more can actually cost, since they’re so used to the internet being full of free content and tools.

Free’s not bad; we’ve all benefited from free apps and services, and AppStorm itself is built on a number of free tools. Often, though, quality is worth paying for. Here’s some of the best reasons to pay for apps that you rely on.


Just like apps on all other platforms, web apps come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices. Many if not most web apps have a free basic version available, while some like Pinboard cost a one-time signup fee. Most web apps are built on a subscription model, though, so if you want more than the basic version offers, you’ll have to pay a monthly or annual fee.

For business apps, these monthly expenses can be easily justified if the apps help your team stay productive and work together. However, for individuals, the monthly subscription fees can quickly add up. Even if premium web apps are cheaper initially than their desktop counterparts, over time they can be more expensive. Plus, many people see adverse to paying for anything online: news, music, or apps. The iOS App Store has proven that many of us are glad to pay for high quality apps on our mobile devices, but does this carry over to web apps?

That’s why I’m curious: do you pay for any web apps? I personally pay for a Dropbox Pro subscription, and purchased a Pinboard account last December. I also currently have a Simplenote Pro account, and am currently deciding whether or not I should keep it. What about you? What web apps do you pay for, and what would you be willing to pay for if you’ve never paid for a web app? Would you be more likely to pay for an app once, or do subscriptions seem better for you?