Originally Posted by TenoBell
I question your ability to speak so freely for other people.
I don't. I'm speaking from the comments I see on this site. I read this site for years before I ever registered.
When you buy something at a store do you believe that 100% of the money spent is all going to the manufacturer of the product?
Of course it doesn't But that store first buys the product from the producer to re-sell and then they mark it up. This is the standard business model and it's what Netflix, Hulu, etc. are ALREADY DOING.
Apple in your analogy is the lease holder for the land the store is on. Do they get a monthly rent for the property? Yes. Can they increase that rent if the location is desirable? Yes. Do they deserve to take a 30% cut of EVERY SALE (higher than most digital content reseller's margins) no.
Again, them charging a "rent" for "finders fee" is fine. Them getting the lionshare (or all) of the profits of every transaction simply because they have a captive audience is not fine.
Shouldn't the free market be able to decide if Apple's strategy can work or not?
If apple allowed you to get content on their devices without using their ecosystem, maybe. But even in the "free market" people draw issue with the Bait and Switch Apple's trying to pull here.
Most people disagreeing with Apple's policy WOULD NOT BE DOING SO if Apple did this from day one. The thing is, they didn't. They encouraged developers to bring their popular ecosystems to iOS, and nto they're trying to demand payment for it.
That opportunity is already available. If a customer subscribes outside of the app store the publisher keeps 100% of the sale. Apple only gets 30% if the customer subscribes within the iOS app.
You don't understand impulse buying. Most of our purchases are made off of recommendations of others. If I see a thing for a really cool book, and it comes highly recommended, I'm not going to wait until I get home to order it, I'm going to pull out my phone and do it there because that's WHY I have a phone.
Furthermore, Apple's 30% is recurring. Let's take something like Netflix. What if I register through my phone (because it's easy) but consume 95% of the content on my HD TV? Why should apple get 30% of the revenue for as long as I have the service simply because I chose to register on my phone instead of my computer?
iAds nor Genius are used to sell your information to other advertising companies where they can then send you more ads. That is what is meant by protecting customer information.
LOL... You honestly believe that? It's not worth arguing this point because if you think Apple's not Monetizing you as a consumer, you're not paying attention.
Its not a red herring. Apple isn't preventing anyone from using advertising. Apple is preventing publishers from selling your information to some other 3rd party to send you more advertising without your permission.
Yes, because Mass mailers to EVERYONE are much more effective than targeted advertisement.
Targeted ads sell for a lot more because they have a higher rate of return. They're also (ironically) cheaper for the company to buy because they don't have to hit as many people. If you remove customer information, you remove those targeted ads. This means companies will have to charge a LOT less for ad space, and fewer firms will be interested in that ad space since the Return on Investment will drop.
And yes, it is a red herring because Practically EVERY single person talking against apple's 30% cut isn't doing so because of the advertising, they're doing so because 30% is higher than the profit margin most of these companies operate on to begin with.
And that's not even TALKING about another company getting access to the data. This is first party companies using the data. Apple's removing that capability, making it so that they are the sole owners of your data, so they can charge whatever they wish to companies that want to gain access to it.
Apple is increasing the cost of doing business in newspapers and magazines?
Yes, they are. They're removing the most lucrative part of the industry, the part that supports the magazines (Targeted ads) while giving those companies no way to recoup those losses (iOS price must be cheapest price)
Have you recently read up on those industries and where they are right now?
So It's ok for Apple to continue to screw over the companies because they're struggling as it is?