@ebr I would like to suggest changing your Lifetime Supporter Membership description.
I have been working with @Luke on fixing some issues I am having with how Media Browser sees my music collection. http://mediabrowser....mood-playlists/
I appreciated the support in trying to resolve my issue, so I decided to support today. I was a little taken back when the email arrived letting me known my ($40 Lifetime Supporter Membership) means the lifetime of version 3.x and not the lifetime of the software. I have never purchased a lifetime supporter key for software that lasted just for the current version. If that was the case, it was sold as purchasing version x.
Knowing this ahead of time, I would have never purchased it. I was planning on becoming a lifetime subscriber and then donating again when the team added features that were useful to my needs. Setting up the additional bonus features, just to have to pay again to keep them in a few years is not a cycle I wish to start. If I would have known this was your pricing model, I would have just made a smaller donation to support @Luke for his efforts. I now have something I do not want to set up, as it will be useless to me in a few years.
Judging by your pricing strategy and price increase history, it seems like you will be increasing your price a few times with each version. Supporters that purchased a lifetime supporter key today will be paying more when 4x is released to access the same bonus features they have today. The thought of continuously having to purchase a lifetime membership every few years or so to keep the small list of additional bonus features running, is a little pricey (in my opinion) for an “open-source project”.
XBMC/Kodi has been around for almost 12 years and is on version 14 (with no bonus features you currently need to pay extra for). Once they start developing the server for their media software, competing with them is going to become more and more difficult. In the end you are building a fan base of loyalists who will talk positively about your project and stick with you for years as you perfect and build it out. Some users will take everything they can for free and others will support, as they have a vested interest in your success.
I am all for the team getting paid what you think is fair for your work; I just think you should be more open and honest with your members, when it comes to supporting Media Browser. I came to Media Browser over Kodi and Plex, as I thought there was a great community here and the developers were very passionate about the project. That is the type of community I want to support and be a part of.
I am open to paying what you think is fair for your hard work and dedication to the project. I just want to know what I am paying for, before I purchase. Your current “Lifetime Supporter Membership” is misleading and unethical. I would like to suggest adding the version limitation to your lifetime membership description or changing it all together to a Media Browser 3x Membership. This way users are not surprised when their lifetime key arrives with date limitations!
Edited by Twisted, 15 February 2015 - 11:25 PM.