Despite Reddit user protestsReddit has moved forward with its decision to charge third-party app developers millions of dollars to access its API (application programming interface). As of July 1, several beloved apps are no more.
Which third-party Reddit apps have been shut down?
One of the most popular third-party apps to close is Apollo. According to Apollo developer Christian Selig, he should have paid Reddit $20 million per year for API access (Reddit planned to charge $12,000 for 50 million API requests).
In a Reddit post(opens in a new tab) Thanking users ahead of Apollo’s shutdown, Selig wrote, “If (Reddit) wanted something that could work for everyone, they would have just made an effort to listen, instead of being dishonest, insensitive, and punitive. in terms of price.” Many comments on the post indicate that they will delete their accounts and no longer use Reddit now that Apollo is gone.
THE android Apollo’s equivalent, reddit is fun (RIF), has also shut down. Farewell message from RIF(opens in a new tab) agreed with Selig and criticized Reddit’s “unfriendly treatment of developers building on their platform”.
Other apps that have been shut down as a result of Reddit’s API policy include BaconReader(opens in a new tab)which released its latest Android update on June 27, and Sync for Reddit(opens in a new tab)which will migrate to a possible alternative to Reddit, Lemmy.
Which third-party Reddit apps will remain operational?
Several third-party Reddit apps will remain usable, but both will be priced to offset Reddit’s API fees. However, Reddit’s API restriction on NSFW content will still apply to all third-party apps that will remain available when the changes go into effect on July 5.
Relay for Reddit will continue its operations and will remain free for the time being. However, its developer DBrady said in a Reddit post(opens in a new tab) that Relay will switch to a subscription model in the coming weeks, although they will try to “achieve as low a price as possible”. As of now, DBRady says the pro version of Relay will be available for free until a subscription model is released.
Narwhal for Reddit will also stick around and move to a subscription model. Developer Rick Harrison confirmed in a job(opens in a new tab) that the app will work the same way, but without ads, and will cost between $4 and $7. Miloco, developer of Now for Reddit, made a similar announcement about Now for Reddit and Nara for gesture-based Reddit moving to subscriptions, though there are no pricing updates yet.
As first reported by The edge(opens in a new tab)Reddit has announced that it will exempt accessibility-focused apps from the new pricing policy. TechCrunch reported(opens in a new tab) which users of the r/Blind subreddit then put together a list of apps that make Reddit more accessible, such as screen readers like Reddit for Blind, Luna for Reddit, and Dystopia. The dystopia announced in a publication(opens in a new tab) that it would continue to operate for free.
RedReader also received an accessibility exemption, although r/Blind mods mentioned(opens in a new tab) they have a hard time logging in. Other apps on r/Blind’s list included the now-defunct BaconReader and Apollo, which worked with most iOS accessibility technologies.