The subscription increased to $36 per year.
I know that other similar services are actually more expensive than that and I know you have to keep your servers operational, it’s probably not easy, however for many $36 isn’t justifiable. E.g. I’m from Romania and if I told my friends that I pay $36 for a RSS service, or the monthly spend on all of the online services that I use, they’d think I’m nuts.
Raising the price on existing subscribers at least isn’t cool. Because this signals that the service isn’t reliable long term due to unpredictability. Some people may be nuts enough to pay $5 / month for Feedbin or whatever, but I’m not one of those people and I’m going to assume that there are many people like myself.
I will probably renew, because I like NewsBlur and I still think the price is reasonable, though to be honest if it weren’t open source I would have dropped it already.
But FYI, people start expecting more on price hikes. For example at $36, given that NewsBlur is now in the price range of 1Password and FastMail, I start expecting a full and searchable archive of articles. Inoreader at least gives you a full archive for example. And at $3 / month, it also starts being feasible to self host my own stuff. A PITA for sure, but it’s all a matter of price.
So this is just feedback. I’m fine for now with the price increase, however I now expect more and I never find fairness in paying subscribers subsidizing the free subscribers.