Originally Posted by matrix07
These outcries reflect how big Apple is, for good and for bad. And I think it's a bit overblown much like Antennagate.
For example people talking about Amazon or Netflix pulling the app. Why should they? All they need to do is delete any link to outside store or subscription service, then nothing will change. No price change. No need to pull off.
Amazon can delete in-app links to their store. Make it purely a reader app. Have people go to Safari to purchase book. Once it's purchased it'll be on your account. Go back to the app, sign in and read. Apple get nothing.
Netflix? Just don't put any subscription service in the app. Have people subscribe on website then if you want to watch it on your iPad, pick it up, sign in and watch. Apple also get nothing.
If you want the convenience of Apple system then pay. If you don't want to pay, don't use it.
Do I understand something wrong?
I'm with ya... what is it that we don't understand here?
I seriously doubt that Apple will be blocking access to Amazon from Safari, or any other website for that matter. WHY does there need to be an "App for that"?
The Ami-centric love affair with all things Hulu & Netflix... is myopic, considering that Apple iOS devices are highly and successfully sold world-wide without access to these 2 services.
And again: what is keeping Hulu or Netflix from creating a usable and friendly web-app and/or mobile-optimized website, to be used within Safari...or Firefox, IE, or Chrome?
Technically, a large number of the Apps targeted by this proclamation, SHOULD be web-apps available on ANY device: mobile, desktop, or TV box.
The newspapers and magazines are the biggest idiots: WHY an App in the first place? They SHOULD be updating their websites first, concentrating on user-friendly and mobile-access, with their current ad-structure/financing. There seriously is no market for a dedicated app as I see it.
Naturally when their efforts fail, they'll blame Apple, it's guidelines, and anything else, to escape the fact staring them in the face: their publication isn't worth a dedicated app. It's not "sticky" with the readers, because you have the whole WWW at your fingertips.
Also, just say there is an app for "image and platform marketing" purposes on the App Store. As far as I understand it, as long as you're not asking for a sub or per issue price, all of the content is streaming from the web servers anyway... including ADS! There's your pay-day.... "same as it ever was"!
The fact of the matter is that traditional publishing is falling on very
hard times, as opposed to just hard times. There is no where else to turn at the moment for revenue and sustainability. Apple is the only "possible" hook up. If they think for a minute that Android is going to be their savior... I hope they also realize that Android and darn near everything on it's platform is FREE, and subsidized by advertising only. Once again, no need for an Android app if you can do it yourself from your site. May as well kill 2 birds or more, with one stone (pig?)