Yes, I'm willing to make that commitment, but I hope to get the account on my own soon.
What you're paying for is the right to publish to the Apple app store. Google charges for the same thing last I saw. What this does is require a certain level of commitment on the part of the developer so the app store can be cleaner.
I can develop and build all I want, but I can't get the app on a device until I get the account.
If you charge for it, yes. This app will be free of course. BTW, Google takes a cut too.
Can't we all?