Originally Posted by Atanner
When I sell products through Amazon or eBay, they definitely take their cut. This is no different.
You sell products through Amazon, or eBay and they take their cut because they are providing a service, which involves cataloging and distribution, credit card fees etc.
Amazon can do all that. They dont need Apple. They dont need the App Store.
How do we know this.
we know this, because on Kindle.app ( on all devices) they handle your credit card, the digital storage, the distribution, the download costs and everything else when you are redirected to their website.
How will this change with in-app purchasing?
There will be an extra step. Kindle will be forced to use Apple's in-app purchasing. All that means is that the app presents a dialog ( using a framework called storekit) and takes the users details. StoreKit then tells the kindle app whether the transaction failed, succeeded, or was canceled.
It helps with no UI.
Then the Kindle app has to call their webservice to talk to the server which handles the thedigital storage, the distribution, the download costs and everything else. It downloads from Amazon's server.
The 30% is for the credit card transaction. The app store stores no content. It doesnt own this content to sell. It downloads no content. That happens from Amazon's servers. It does some credit card transactions which Amazon are pretty good at. ( And if Apple want to make it seamless for Kindle and everybody else so we have one password for everything they can port KeyChain to iOS).
This is theft. Pure and simple.
The cost, if passed onto the iPad user ( and Amazon might as well) will be 43% extra.
Good luck with that one.