Many Reddit users are mourning the June 30th shutdowns of third-party apps like Apollo for Reddit, rif is fun for Reddit (RIF), and BaconReader, but at least one popular Reddit app will still be around: Narwhal for Reddit.
“Narwhal is not going anywhere on July 1st,” Narwhal developer Rick Harrison, who goes by det0ur on Reddit, wrote in a post on the r/getnarwhal subreddit. “It will continue to operate as it has for many years (except it will not have ads anymore).” A lot of popular apps are shutting down because their developers can’t pay the potentially exorbitant API pricing, won’t be allowed to include ads in their apps, and due to the removal of sexually explicit content.
Subscriptions will probably cost between $4 and $7
However, Narwhal will be changing down the line. “Over the next few months,” Harrison said, he will add subscriptions as part of “Narwal 2” to cover the new costs for using Reddit’s API. The subscriptions will “likely” cost between $4 to $7 per month.
For fans of Narwhal, the update should come as a relief — especially given that Harrison was not as optimistic about the app’s future at the beginning of this month. In an email to The Verge, he shared more details about how he will be keeping the app alive.