Lots of new features, headlined by a new streaming engine (you can start listening to un-downloaded episodes as soon as you hit Play). But more interesting to me is the new business model. Marco Arment:
Overcast 1.0 locked the best features behind an in-app purchase,
which about 20% of customers bought. This made enough money, but
it had a huge downside:
80% of my customers were using an inferior app. The limited,
locked version of Overcast without the purchase sure wasn’t the
version I used, it wasn’t a great experience, and it wasn’t my
With Overcast 2.0, I’ve changed that by unlocking everything, for
everyone, for free. I’d rather have you using Overcast for free
than not using it at all, and I want everyone to be using the good
version of Overcast.
If you can pay, I’m trying to make up the revenue difference by
offering a simple $1 monthly patronage. It’s completely optional,
it doesn’t get you any additional features, and it doesn’t even
auto-renew — it’s just a direct way to support Overcast’s ongoing
development and hosting without having to make the app terrible
for 80% of its users.
Really curious to see how this works. $1/month for a great app that I use almost every day seems like a great deal.