In the past when we bought an app, which then was on a CD, it felt like you really have this. It felt like it really belongs to you. Now, when the current form of getting services works as a subscription, we, in fact, do not own the app itself, but the app's account. This not only make that significant number of apps we have installed does not belong to us, but primarily emphasizes such a feeling. In my opinion, the feature that makes this is the need to sign up for the apps' accounts because in this way what we really buy today is not the app itself, but just an access to it.
To notice this fact and its effects we should look closer to things that may be seen as opposite: to use a physical calculator, a notebook, an MP3 player or an external hard drive we do not need to register anywhere. For listening a radio we just need to have one and a dishwasher, a washing machine and a fridge works without taking any of our data. In the past, old phones also worked in a similar way - we just needed a SIM card and that was it. Neither Google account nor Apple ID was required.
To me, the services that for working require an account neither look robust nor stable. I do not trust Notion the way I trust my native text editor. I do not trust Figma with my files stored on somebody's computer the way I trust Gimp with my files stored on my hard drive. What is more, I do not even feel like they are my apps (in contrast to e.g. Gimp). I just have an access to it. Because of that, since I am not emotionally attached to it, switching to a different one is super easy.
What are your thoughts on it?