The bold part is what concerns me. Apple shouldn't interfere with how content gets into apps.The company has told some applications developers, including Sony, that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, or let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the App Store.
I am pretty sure Amazon doesn't want to give Apple a 30% cut of Kindle sales. I guess we'll have to see who blinks first!...Unfortunately, with little notice, Apple changed the way it enforces its rules and this will prevent the current version of the Reader™ for iPhone® from being available in the app store. We opened a dialog with Apple to see if we can come up with an equitable resolution but reached an impasse at this time.
But Apple's statement on Tuesday would indicate that the company will continue to allow access to those purchases through, for example, a browser -- as long as the content is also made available for purchase within the application itself. That would require changes to some existing applications that offer purchases, such as the Amazon Kindle software.
Wholeheartedly agree, hence why I think Apple should charge a listing fee or expect a minimum of $2 per app or something.Apple isn't a charity, it's a corporation operating in a capitalist market and answerable to it's shareholders.
And that is the problem. Apple needs to come clean and tell us what it intends on doing.Well, right now we don't know what the implications are going to be for subscription based services.
No, I don't understand why Apple should get a cut of subscription/book costs if they don't provide anything. Fine, charge $0.99 for the app but even that is stretching it. For example, there's a great e-reader app called Stanza which has links to online bookstores. You can also add links to other virtual bookshelves (basically web pages with XML markup). Baen Books, one of the few publishers who have a clue, have had an online bookstore for about a decade (or more). They added a feature a couple years ago where each account had a Stanza-compatible bookshelf. You buy a book on the website and it automatically appears in Stanza, ready for downloading. In this case, why should get Apple get a cut? And if they move to enforce this, who would they charge? Stanza or Baen?And when you look at the infrastructure that these magazines and newspapers no longer need to put in place to deliver their content to there customers but is now provided by Apple you can understand why Apple wants their cut.