Omni unable to offer upgrade pricing for Mac App Store purchases

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Ken Case:

My apologies: Iā€™m afraid we will not be able to offer upgrade pricing to our Mac App Store customers after all. So long as we continue to sell our apps through the Mac App Store, we are not allowed to distribute updates through other channels to apps which were purchased from the App Store.

There’s been some grumbling about how what they did doesn’t seem to be forbidden by the rules in place. Fine, maybe.

The fact is, all of these guidelines only exist as a time-saving convenience. Apple isn’t bound by them. Right now, Apple has all the cards, and developers (certainly individually) have very little leverage at all. The App Store is the best place for your apps to be ā€” but being in it is always going to place you in the position of a supplicant.

A good trade-off, for most. But maybe not all.