Busy Apps Blog
This announcement is only relevant to our App Store users.
Thank you for choosing our apps for all your scheduling and contact management needs! We've got a very important announcement to make.
Those that have used and loved BusyCal & BusyContacts for years would know what a journey it's been. We have continued to evolve and shape our apps year over year, providing meaningful free updates with both new features and enhancements. We take immense pride in providing first class support for our apps.
However, this brings us to a dilemma: our apps provides a service on top of existing services and protocols; services that are changing and improving (and breaking) all the time. Then there are frequent, yearly system upgrades that we need to constantly look out for and support. All of this and more brings us to the problem of scale. You probably know where we're going with all this.
Moving forward, by the end of January 2021, BusyCal & BusyContacts on the App Store are going to be available via subscription-only. We have explained everything in detail here. We will still continue to sell buy-once perpetual licenses when purchasing directly from us.
What if I don't like subscriptions?
We get it. Subscriptions aren't for everyone.
And so, we've got you covered. You don't have to pay a subscription to use our apps. As an exclusive offer for our app store users, you can switch over to our direct, non-subscription, perpetual license for free by following these simple steps.
Part of the reason why we did not push for a paid upgrade for over 4 years (that's 4 years+ of continuous development & support) was because deep down we felt Apple may offer developers with another licensing option, one where we're able to offer free trials to our users and have the flexibility of distributing optional paid upgrades. After years of waiting, it's now clear that Apple sees the App Store suited particularly well for subscriptions instead.
Since we are looking for a sustainable future in building and supporting our complex applications, we decided the only way forward is to offer an optionally renewable, perpetual license directly via our store (something Apple does not plan to offer), while offering a subscription on the Mac App Store. A win-win.
Both the App Store version and the direct version will offer the same features and functionality and both will be supported for life.
Please Note: If you prefer continuing with the App Store version and don't mind a subscription, you do not have to switch over to our direct version.