Originally Posted by newbee What Apple said
"All we require is that, if a publisher is making a subscription offer outside of the app, the same (or better) offer be made inside the app,
.... so that customers can easily subscribe with one-click right in the app. ....
(IMO, that's called a choice.
They removed a choice from the developer and hid one from the customer. If the developer was able to choose whether or not they used in-app purchases, I'd have absolutely no qualms with this service.
They are not "required" to do anything. They, like all businessmen, look at each situation and decide, on their own, if it's beneficial to participate, or not. If they think it is .... then participate. If they don't think that it is .... then don't participate. ... simple. .... Just don't squawk about how Apple is "forcing" them to do anything , because they're not. This is how all businesses work. You do a cost/benefit analysis and then make a decision based on your findings.
It's just plain stupid to say ...."I want to participate in your store, but it's too expensive, so you have to lower your prices for me".
They are required to support in-app purchases if they wish to remain in the app store. I'm sorry I didn't spell "in the app store" out for you. Why are you talking about new developers? I was talking about existing ones. If you were renting and your landlord knocked on your door saying he was doubling your rent, damn right you'd be pissed, and it wouldn't be absurd to ask for a lower rate. After all you've paid your rent on time, every time for the last two years. Are you familiar with the term "bait and switch"? Apple hasn't gone that far, but the change certainly isn't nice to a lot of app developers and content providers who have been using Apple's system.
They wanted exposure to Apple's ecosystem (think 100 million IOS device owners) by way of a "free" app (that Apple hosts for nothing) and then take the customer out of the app so as to bypass paying Apple anything ..... are you going to tell me that Apple should stand by and fall for that .... come on, even you must see that idiocy to think that that's the "right business decision".
I've repeatably said Apple deserves to be paid and they are paid by virtue of the $99 developer fee and 30% of paid apps as well as increased iOS device sales from these free apps. If Apple feels they aren't getting enough from free apps, they should do something about that, not charge 30% to process a subscription. For example, why do you think that subscription apps should be paying for all the free apps that make money using Google's AdMob ads? Aren't they getting a "free ride" too? What would Google say if Apple started asking for a 30% cut of AdMob revenue?
Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon aren't even bypassing the app store. They are existing services. Yes, Apple would only get money if the user opened an account from within the app, but a lifetime 30% referral fee is a little much.