Originally Posted by nht
Originally Posted by EWTHeckman
That was the fundamental assumption underlying his argument, that Apple somehow controls all my purchases simply because I made a single purchase from Apple.
Too bad that isn't actually the scenario. You have to deliberately make an in app purchase for them to get a cut. Did Apple somehow deprive you of free will? Orbital mind control lasers I suppose?
No, they did not deprive me of my free will. That was my point. My response was to Long On Apple's claim which is
based on the idea that Apple somehow did take away my free will. Read it for yourself:
Originally Posted by Long On Apple
If Apple brings one of their customer to the channel via Apple's device, Apple's OS and the app that Apple marketed, promoted and allowed to be installed, then the channel has to pay the going price.
If they don't want any business from Apple's customers, then stay the hell off the iPad!
I resent you distorting my words and arguments.
Then simply don't purchase from within the app. OMG! What a concept. Apple may not have a god given right to insert themselves between you and a reseller (eeww) but they do have the right to decide how their app store works.
Yes, they have a general right to control their own store. However, they do not have the right to control other companies' stores or pricing, which is what they are trying to do.
I do not intend to buy anything through In App Purchasing, but how do I keep from paying more for the exact same content when prices everywhere go up due to Apple's policies? I cannot. Period.
Think this through:
- Apple has arranged things so that the easiest method (by far!) to purchase content is via an In App Purchase. They have done so by requiring that IAP be part of content applications, AND that content sellers Are Not Permitted
to include active links to their own sites to handle purchases.
- Apple requires that IAP prices be equal to or lower than non-IAP prices. In other words, the price on the content seller's site may not be lower than the IAP price or Apple will pull the app.
- In App Purchases have a significantly
higher cost (30% of retail) than at the content seller's own site. Without Apple's pricing equality requirements, IAP prices should
be 43% higher due to the cost difference imposed by Apple. But because of the price equality requirements, content sellers will be FORCED
to raise prices on their own site to make sure they don't lose
money due to IAP sales. (I ran through the math here
There are ONLY
two ways pricing won't be raised for everyone:
1) Content sellers pull their app from iOS devices.
2) Almost no one buys content via IAP. Remember, something like 99% of iOS users will have no idea about this issue. (You basically said this.) All they will see is that you have to manually open a browser and type in a site name then do searching to purchase from the content seller's site, and the price will be no better anyway. Can you seriously argue that this is even a remote possibility of this happening?
More likely nobody but geeks and trolls have noticed and the impact outside a couple apps get pulled is zero.
I have a couple thousand dollars tied up in content which is made available on iOS devices only due to the availability of apps. If those apps get pulled, I lose access to that content. Wouldn't you consider that to be a Big. Fricken'. Deal?!?
I also have plans to add another $650 of content to one of them. Seeing those prices increase by the kind of percentages needed to cover Apple's greed (up to 43%, something like 25% is far more likely) even right on the seller's site is also a Big Fricken' Deal. Can you give me a legitimate reason why I should not
be bothered by such numbers?