Developer Says Reddit API Access Would Cost You $20 Million Per Year

Developer Says Reddit API Access Would Cost You $20 Million Per Year

Apollo app developer Christian Selig criticizes Reddit’s decision to introduce “unaffordable” API charges, which could cost it $20 million per year.

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Reddit’s plan to charge for extended API access may spell the end of Apollo(Opens in a new window), a popular Reddit client, says the app’s developer.

In a Reddit thread, Christian Selig says that Reddit’s expected pricing structure for API access would cost Apollo $1.7 million per month or $20 million per year, as Apollo made 7 billion requests in 2022. “Even if you only kept subscription users, the average Apollo user uses 344 requests per day, which would cost $2.50 per month, which is more than double what subscription currently costs, so you’d be in numbers.” red every month,” he says.

In April, Reddit joined Twitter to announce (Opens in a new window) that it would charge third-party developers to access its API. That move is aimed at preventing tech companies from scraping Reddit data to train their AI language models without offering any benefit to the social media platform and its users.

Reddit’s price was revealed in a call Selig had with Reddit, he says. “I’ll cut to the chase: 50 million applications cost $12,000, a number far more than I could have imagined.”

In his post, Selig also pointed to the affordability of Imgur, which he said only charges Apollo $166 per month for API access.

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Selig tells PCMag that he had another phone call with Reddit after posting the thread, where the social networking site did not indicate that it is willing to be flexible on pricing, “if only a little bit.”

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Selig adds that he spoke to “pretty much every other major third-party Reddit app developer on iOS and Android” and “they all seem to echo the same sentiments” he has on the subject of pricing. Selig says that app developers who rely on ad revenue to pay their API bills are in an even more difficult situation, as they rely on ad revenue to pay their bills, and “Reddit has rejected it as a revenue mechanism.” for third-party applications”.

Reddit has said(Opens in a new window) that it will enforce the new API charges on July 1, though Selig tells PCMag that the company is “willing to be flexible on the [payment] timeline.” Reddit did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.

In the comments section of Selig’s thread, Redditors overwhelmingly criticized the price change and responded with messages of support. One of the top upvoted comments says (opens in a new window): “Their price is outrageous. If they don’t compromise or find another solution, I certainly won’t be an active Reddit user anymore as I use Apollo almost exclusively.” Another commented (Opens in a new window): “It’s been a good run folks.”

Twitter’s move earlier this year to charge enterprise users a minimum of $42,000 per month for access to its API has resulted in several apps disappearing. WordPress also ended (Opens in a new window) its JetPack Twitter sharing plugin.

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