Reddit API Pricing Would Cost Apollo Developer $20 Million Per Year

Christian Selig, developer of the splendid Reddit client Apollo:

I’ll cut to the chase: 50 million requests costs $12,000, a figure
far more than I ever could have imagined.

Apollo made 7 billion requests last month, which would put it at
about 1.7 million dollars per month, or 20 million US dollars per
year. Even if I only kept subscription users, the average Apollo
user uses 344 requests per day, which would cost $2.50 per month,
which is over double what the subscription currently costs, so I’d
be in the red every month.

I’m deeply disappointed in this price. Reddit iterated that the
price would be A) reasonable and based in reality, and B) they
would not operate like Twitter. Twitter’s pricing was publicly
ridiculed
for its obscene price of $42,000 for 50 million
tweets. Reddit’s is still $12,000. For reference, I pay Imgur, a
site similar to Reddit in userbase and media, $166 for the same 50
million API calls.

Selig does some ballpark math and estimates that Reddit currently generates about $0.12 in revenue per month per active user. The average Apollo user would cost $2.50 per month in API fees — 20× higher.

Right now Apollo is free to use, but offers a Pro tier with a slew of additional features and fun stuff for a one-time payment of $5, and an Ultra tier with even more for a $13/year subscription. If Reddit goes through with this API pricing, Apollo’s free and Pro tiers would be unsustainable, and the Ultra subscription would have to cost at least $50 or $60 per year.

Wednesday, 31 May 2023

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