Originally Posted by spliff monkey
Most likely it will not be affected because you will continue to renew via you DirecTV bill. Same thing goes for Netflix and most likely skype, hulu et al. These guys already have their own billing system, negotiations etc. What Apple is trying to prevent are the devs (particularly independent publishers; music and or print) from offering their apps for free while selling their product outside of the app store.
No it applies to them as well. They will get 100% of the revenue from anyone who signs up on the website, but they have to provide in app purchasing within the app and give Apple a 30% cut of that, which in a lot of cases would undermine their business models.
That's not fair to the other devs who use the system nor is it fair to Apple.
What Apple is doing isn't fair (but with web apps as an alternative, they may be free to do so, it is their store)
It's also not fair to other distributors. (IE Amazon) who would normally take a cut of the books they sell.
Apple's not doing Amazon a favor by making them use Apple's services and charging 30% for it when they already have their own payment systems in place.
If publishers are trying to bypass distribution costs (and that is really what we are talking about here) then they are kidding themselves. They have to pay someone and if they threaten to go to Amazon or some such nonsense they are throwing out a red herring. Amazon, B&N etc. are entities publishers are trying to avoid.
What are you smoking? Amazon and the Kindle outsell iBooks by something like 10-1. Why wouldn't publishers want to be there? Why would I as a consumer want to buy eBooks from the iBookstore when my Kindle books can be read on the computer, iPhone/iPad, and the Kindle wheres iBooks is only on the iPhone/iPad... it isn't even on the computer yet???
All of you guys who are saying things like "i'm not gonna an ipad" are blowing things way out of the water. Pricing policies have nothing to do with the devices and if you think other device manufacturers care more about the consumer you are living a fantasy. For example I was "outraged" MSFT requires a paid xbox live account BEFORE I could add a Netflix account. Who did I cry to? no one. I got an ATV.
I won't get an iPad if the apps I use leave iOS. Whether they do of course remains to be seen, but Apps make the device and if the ipad doesn't have the apps I want, I have no reason to buy it.
I wish AI would publish a comparative article so people can understand the costs of any distribution model wether it was print, or the insane movie distribution model or the equally insane music distribution model. Apple has done nothing but make distribution easier and cheaper in all facets concerning selling products through the Apple store.
30% is a good deal for anyone wishing to make something directly for the iPad. It's not a good deal for cross platform services.