500px’s New “Plus” Membership - Goodbye Flickr  

In a move that should be a surprise to nobody, technology darling 500px is moving to take out Flickr with a new Plus plan. The company had previously held a high-level plan that was priced at $50 per year, but the Plus membership’s $20 per year pricing is aiming to hit Flickr where it hurts against its own pro-level plan at $25 per year.

I actually have heard of 500px, but never bothered to check it out. I had a Flickr Pro account for several years, but it ended last August and I didn’t bother to renew it. I haven’t spent a lot of time on Flickr anymore, and with apps like Instagram, I didn’t feel the need for another photo sharing network.

But then Instagram got bought by Facebook, and that changed everything.

So now I’m looking at 500px. I signed up for an account and will be giving it a spin. The Plus account does look enticing, and it’s definitely a better bargain than Flickr, which has been long overdue for new features to keep members’ attention.

As for the features? Here’s what you’ll get:

Unlimited uploads and storage, access to files
Unlimited number of collections
Market functionality included
Advanced statistics on engagement

All this for $20 a year? Count me in. It also looks way nicer than Flickr, too. That’s just icing on the cake.

Another, smaller announcement is coming today as well. The site is introducing a desktop uploader app, for the Mac only. It’s doing so in response to the 30,000 photos per day that are uploaded to the service via the manual process, with 25% of its users on Mac machines.

This would complete the package. I always love having native apps (rather than using browsers), and this would definitely be awesome to have. Can’t wait until it’s released.

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