Why is FaceTime 99 Cents on a Mac ?Share
I was surprised to see the announcement today that Apple is charging for FaceTime on the Mac. iChat has always been part of the OS. And in a way, so is FaceTime as it’s included with the new MacBooks announced today.
So why charge?
The only logical explanation I see is an App Store try-out for Mac users. There have to be plenty of Mac users who don’t own iOS devices. Admittedly I have no idea how many, but a significant number. Many of these users have probably never tried the App Store and Apple wants them to experience it – thinking it will lead to additional sales.
Those who own iOS devices may not have tried the Mac App Store yet either. I know I haven’t bought anything. In fact, I think I opened it once to take a look, and that was it.
I suppose they could have added it to the App Store and made it free. Or is this some kind of Sarbanes Oxley thing?? Who knows?| Permalink