Google Maps API now costs $4 per 1,000 requests
Devs will have to cough up
Apps and websites that use the Google Maps API will soon have to pay $4 per 1,000 visitors Google announced today.
The visitor allowance is lower for those with styled maps (visually customised ones), who will have to pay $4 per 1,000 map loads after the first 2,500 – this goes up to $8 per 1,000 loads after 25,000 loads.
A "map load" counts as a user opening a page with the app on it. The degree to which a user interacts with a map once it has been loaded has no impact on the usage limits.
Developers who use the Maps API have three options: either bring their usage numbers down below the threshold, pay the overuse fees or cough up $10,000+ for a Google Maps API Premier licence.
The Premier licence has been around for a while, and contains added features such as advanced geocoding, customer support, and full control over advertising. The prices start at $10,000 per year, increasing according to the number of site visitors.
Sites that fail to buy a licence or enroll for the metered payment won't have their maps taken down, but if they overclock the visitor threshold regularly, a message will start to appear to users, and Google Sales will start to get in touch to "discuss licensing options".
Google is introducing a payment dashboard to help people on the pay-for-overuse model manage their visitors and payments.
Not everyone who has a Google map on their site will be affected. It's possible to embed a Google map on a site or blog without using the API – and there is nothing to indicate that that will change. ®
You total muppet. At what point did google actually say that maps was free or open source?
I'm not saying google are angels, because that wouldn't be true, but in the scheme of tech companies they are far from the worst.
They are giving plenty away for free, and those who need more are clearly making a profit somewhere along the line be it ad clicks or whatever. So why shouldn't google take a bit of that? I'm not saying that its overly cheap or whatever, but its fairly transparent pricing and they are being pretty up front about it. And lets be honest, that can't be a cheap service to run.
At the end of the day, they aren't trying to lock you in to them, you are free to choose. Once thing google don't seem to really do is lock you in.
Get over yourself, and remember that they are a business, just like microsoft, oracle etc etc.
I bet you wouldn't give somebody something for free if you thought they were going to make money from it. So stop getting your knickers in a twist about it.
1) Free sample.
2) Bigger free sample.
3) When customer is hopelessly hooked to product, charge for it.
Next week: A consortium of crack peddlars launch a class action against Google over the theft of their IP.
Take a look at Ordnance Survey -> OS OpenSpace as a potential alternative and support UK enterprise instead of Google garbage.