It’s a little over 24 hours after the team at Pocket Casts took the wraps of their completely free offering of Pocket Casts and new subscription based Plus plan. The combo brings some new enhanced, but non-essential, features to the platform, but the Shifty Jelly team are back out again with more free things for those who were displeased with the free things they already had.
Unfortunately we kind of assumed this would happen, but we’re saddened it did. From what we can tell, the internet’s entitled users took to social media to complain that having previously paid for a product (and used that product in the form they paid for it), being given 3 years free access to a new product was just not good enough.
Let’s just ignore the fact they never had Pocket Casts Plus in the first place, never paid for it, and have no reasonable justification for expecting it for free.
In true Shift Jelly style, the team immediately responded and now anyone who has ever paid for the web or desktop version of the service will receive Pocket Casts Plus for free, for life.
Sure, it’s a great move, and we congratulate the team for a swift response, it’s utterly ridiculous that people think paying money for one thing would somehow entitle them to have the next version of the product – with completely new features – for free, ongoing.
The good news is that for people like me who actually want to pay for the development of Pocket Casts, which is the computer software that I have used the most hours of in my entire life, they are working on a way to allow us to subscribe despite my new lifetime free membership.