How much should I pay ?There are a different number of options available:
- Pay for a one year license for an individual plugin/applet: Currently £10
- Pay for a life time license of an individual plugin/applet: Currently £20
It's important to understand that the number of users using my plugins/applets earlier when they were free was limited, we are not talking about many thousands of users, so the pricing will never be anywhere close to the £1 prices you see on the iOS/Android app markets. If you want to put it in relation to other computer software, compare with prices for software for your desktop computer.
Note users that first buy a one year single plugin/applet license and later want to upgrade to a life time license will have to pay the full price. There are currently no special upgrade pricing offers, main reason is that it takes too much effort for me to manage these kind of upgrade scenarios and I'd like to focus that time on further development.
Why should I pay ?
The main reason is that it takes time to support users, maintain plugins/applets so they work with newer Logitech Media Server versions and I also have electricity bills and hardware costs for the web server where the plugins/applets are hosted. On top of this, getting some economical compensation also makes it easier for me to justify taking some time of from my day work now and then and use my spare time to improve the plugins/applets.
However, most importantly, it also makes it worthwhile for me to continue spend time developing new features and new plugins/applets related to Squeezebox players.
What do I get ?By paying you get full access to all functionality in the plugin/applet you are purchasing during the validity period of the license. I'll also prioritize support and maintainence for functionality that requires payment.
What happens when the license expires ?
When the license period expires you have to either provide a new payment or continue using the plugin/applet with only the free functionality. Some applets/plugins have more free functionality than others.
If you don't like a time restricted license period, see the "How much should I pay" section above regarding life time licenses.
Why a time limited license ?
The main reason I decided to offer a time limited license option is that some users might not be sure if they like to continue using the plugins a year later and others might not be sure if they are even going to use the Squeezebox one year in the future, by offering a time limtied license option it's possible for these users to be able to fully use the plugin/applet during a shorter time.
The alternative to offer a time limited license option would be to only offer the more expensive unlimited choices. By offering both, each user can decide which option they like.
If you really want an unrestricted license without any expiration date, see the "How much should I pay" section above.
What happens if you no longer decide to maintain a plugin/applet I've payed for ?The day I decide to no longer maintain and support a specific plugin/applet I'll release the latest version with all license checks removed. I can't guarantee it will work with latest Logitech Media Server version as it's fairly common that new Logitech Media Server versions require changes in the applets/plugins, but I can promise the reason it won't work isn't related to license checks.
I've donated before, why do I have to pay again ?I like to show my appreciation to users who have donated before the mandatory payment scheme was introduced, if you are one of those users, just send me an e-mail with:
- The 40 character License Manager account identity (showed on top of the license options page)
- The PayPal identity(e-mail) you used when sending me the previous donation