I’d also say the iOS App Store needs paid upgrades as well. It’s perhaps a different ecosystem, but it’s still necessary. I can feel the same pain myself, because there’s that whole liking food, clothing, and shelter thing.
There’s not much more to say, since Wil said it all and covered just about every base there is on the topic. Pretty thorough and pretty convincing, at least from a developer’s point of view.
The only question is… will Apple listen?