Many Reddit users are mourning the June 30 shutdowns of third-party apps like Apollo for Reddit, rif is fun for Reddit (RIF)And BaconReaderbut at least one popular Reddit app will still be around: Narwhal for Reddit.
“Narwhal isn’t going anywhere on July 1st,” Narwhal developer Rick Harrison, who goes by det0ur on Reddit, wrote in a post. on the r/getnarwhal subreddit. “It will continue to work as it has for many years (except there will be no more ads).” Many popular apps are shut down because their developers can’t afford the potentially exorbitant API pricewill not be allowed to include advertisements in their apps, and due to the removal of sexually explicit content.
Subscriptions will likely cost between $3 and $7
However, Narwhal will change all down the line. “Over the next few months,” Harrison said, “he’ll be adding subscriptions as part of “Narwal 2” to cover Reddit’s new API usage costs. Subscriptions will “probably” cost between $4 and $7 per month.
For Narwhal fans, the update should come as a relief, especially since Harrison wasn’t as optimistic about the app’s future. at the beginning of this month. In an email to The edgehe shared more details on how he will keep the app alive.
“The main thing that’s changed from early June to now is mostly accepting the changes,” Harrison says. “The narwhal is going through massive changes to keep going.” Harrison confirmed that every user will need to have a subscription to use the app, although there will “probably” be a thirty to sixty minute trial when you first download the app. He added that Narwhal 2 represents a “complete rewrite”, with an updated design and new features.
As for the costs, they will scale “per user, so I don’t technically need them,” Harrison says. And it plans to measure API calls per user over the next few weeks to help determine the final subscription price. However, Harrison declined to answer if he had some sort of deal with Reddit. Reddit spokesperson Tim Rathschmidt said the company does not disclose private business discussions or agreements.
(If Harrison did make a deal, it would be the first non-accessibility-focused app that I know of that has reached a deal with Reddit; the developers of Apollo and RIF have both pushed back on Reddit claims that they didn’t want to work with the company.)
Narwhal isn’t the only app that will lag. The developer of MultiTab for Reddit says that they increase the price of app subscriptions to $2.99 per month or $6.99 per year. A few weeks ago, the developer of Android app Infinity for Reddit announced plans to make it a subscription-only appand they reiterated that was the plan in a DM conversation with The edge THURSDAY. They estimate the subscription will cost $3, but also said that if things don’t work out and the app should be removed from Google Play, users will be able to get it from GitHub.
The Relay for Reddit developer said earlier this month that the app might survive but only with a paid subscription. And RedReader, Dystopia and Luna will remain available after receiving accessibility exemptions. If I forgot any other apps that you can still use after June 30, please email me at email@example.com.
While there will be a handful of third-party options, the loss of stalwarts like Apollo and RIF will be a blow to long-time users of those apps. However, depending on when you read this, you might have a bit more time to be able to use them. Apollo developer Christian Selig says The edge he plans to turn things off for the app a few hours before July 1. RIF developer Andrew Shu plans to disable the app after 11:59 p.m. PT on June 30.
Updated June 29, 10:57 p.m. ET: Added a comment from Reddit.