Setapp: Subscription-Based Macintosh Apps

There’s a new subscription-based app service for the Mac called Setapp. We’ve seen the subscription-based pricing gaining ground with some of the bigger players (like Microsoft and Adobe) but Setapp makes it possible for smaller developers.

With Setapp, you pay $9.99 a month and for that you get a folder of apps. Currently it’s 61 apps but the number keeps climbing up as more developers get on board. A lot of the apps included are really good, like Ulysses, CleanMyMac, Gemini, Marked, iStat Menus, Screens and Timing. Upgrades are also free as long as you stay a subscriber.

This looks like a good way for a lot of users to discover (and use) some of the software gems of the independent developer community while giving the developers a way to earn a few bucks and keep the lights on. I really hope this works.