Originally Posted by DaveGee
Did you miss the MASS MARKETERS that I went out of my way to emphasize? (since I knew very well that individual bands were doing sales) I know you had to have seen it since you included it in your quote... What I'm talking about is MASS DIGITAL MUSIC SELLERS (thousands or millions of different titles or tracks) and somehow I think you knew that all along.
If Steven King wanted to make all of his books for sale via an APP (and had the authority to do so) then yes Apple is going to allow it... Even if some never heard of author wants to sell THEIR works via an APP then sure Apple isn't going to stop them.
This I thought would have been made fairly clear to most all readers when wrote:
" B&N or Amazon or any other mass marketer
of digital media content "
I even did over the top EMPHASIS on mass marketer
because I knew if I didn't people would throw up examples of individual artists/individuals selling their own content. Oh well even when you try to stop people from throwing up cases that aren't pertinent to the main argument.
Again we seem to have a hard time keep on track here...
- This is not about APPS that ONLY allow one to READ competitors ebooks
- This is ALL about APP that would allow users to buy content from MASS MARKETERS other that iTunes.
If you look, you can buy books in the app store that, while they aren't from Amazon, are from the publishers themselves. The point I was making is that songs and books, magazines are available at the prices the publishers want to sell them at, from free, to prices that are way too high. And that not all music is in iTunes at those prices either.
It doesn't have to be a mass marketeer like Amazon for it to matter. But you CAN buy music from Amazon through Safari on the iPhone, or Touch that will play on them. Apple gets no cut either. So I don't know what you're talking about.
How often does one store sell books through another store? When it happens through Amazon, from small affiliates, they get a cut, but then, they don't allow B&N to sell books for the Kindle either, and B&N doesn't allow Amazon to sell books through the Nook. And neither sells books from the other through their web sites, so I fail to see your point.
My point is Apple would NEVER allow an APP that provided a method of buying books from Amazon or B&N ... not WITHOUT Apple getting their 30% cut which something that neither Amazon nor B&N could likely be able to do given the already publicized pricing data.
Then again Apple would likely STILL deny such APPs even if it did agree to giving Apple its cut.
Well, I just showed that neither Amazon or B&N would allow that, so what?
But, Apple DOES allow you to buy books from the Kindle app, and the B&N app without taking ANY cut. You just have the slight inconvenience of going through Safari. So you CAN buy books through an app sold in Apple's App Store without giving Apple any cut. Those are the mass marketeers you were speaking about that you think you can't buy books from that will play on Apple devices?
Show me where you can buy books for the Kindle or the Nook through the App Store that will play on them, or that you can buy them from there at all.
Apple wins on this one.