Being mostly bedridden with the flu for the past four days (and counting), I’ve amassed a lot of daily reading. Catching up on computer software news, I found a piece on the Opera web browser.
That piece isn’t what’s important. The comments are what’s important. Then I’ll relate this to anime.
[Opera] didn’t take off because it initially wasn’t free. Even when it did become free it had ads. Had they released Opera to the masses for free originally, it could have very well been what Firefox is now.
Opera was originally US$40, I believe, with free ad-supported and text ad-supported versions.
Over at OSNews, a couple more comments:
Opera should have been free from the beginning …
By the time it was free, it was too late, people already hated Opera and got their revenge with Firefox which was free of charge and with no ads. Freeing Opera: Too little, too late.
I see these arguments come up every time I find an article about Opera. Even if it’s something as simple as “Opera releases new version, adds new feature,” there will be replies along the lines of “I’m not using Opera because it’s not free.”
Many people use iTunes for convenience. Often I hear it said that people will pay for a better product. For the longest time, Opera was the better product (although it’s not for everybody). I used it with text ads for a short time, but didn’t care for it. I tried it again later (in its 100% free days), but didn’t care for it. I tried it again later, and the version out by then was just right for me.
Even when free, Opera cannot compete with free. So, when it comes to anime, even if anime companies were to (as an example) provide anime at a super-low price for download, will it actually be able to compete with free? Or will too many people have the attitude of “It’s not free”?
But I’m feverish still, so this is probably nonsensical rambling.