Originally Posted by Brian Hampton
I love Roomie and haven't used anything else for a long time now. However, When They tweak the payment of stuff like this is makes me think I should start shopping for something else. I understand no one should work for free and the people working for roomie needs wads of cash and all that... but when I bought it it cost 30x what most apps cost and I know soon it's going to start asking me to subscribe to something which I will not do ever.
I understand your concerns and I would normally agree with you. However, Roomie Remote is not a regular app. Considering that I am using stuff like the ever changing guides. I can add new equipment and most of it is already listed. These things do not just happen. If the business went under today, Roomie Remote would fail in less than 2 weeks. Because the guide would stop working.
Bugs should be fixed for free. New features are should be purchased. Ongoing changes should be billed as a subscription. Because if the company fails it should be done because it is a bad company. Not because of bad cash flow. That hurts everyone.
If you are like me, you and everyone in your household uses Roomie Remote everyday. I don't have any other app on my iOS devices or computers that is used like Roomie Remote. If Roomie Remote dies I have lost my entertainment system. Having tried professional installed Universal Remotes, Harmony remotes and a couple of other systems, I am very happy to pay the subscription fee to Roomie Remote. I am sorry to tell you that as of last year they did add "Roomie Service Subscription" as an in-app-purchase.
A lot of people seem to be having issues with Apple's way of doing business, i.e. There are no try-before-you-buy options and refunds are almost impossible. I am not a fan either, but the alternative is not much different. In Roomie's case you pay $10 to try before you buy. (Personally, I think this should be free.) Then you buy all the in-app-stuff to get everything to work right. (Personally, I think this should be simplified, but then you may end up buying something you don't need.)
Be sure and tell the Roomie Remote people how you feel. I have and they do listen. They may not agree, but they are willing to try different things.