Wednesday, February 2, 2011

iPhone App store policy good or bad?

Apple responds: we want a cut of Amazon, Sony e-book sales: "We are now requiring that if an app offers customers the ability to purchase books outside of the app, that the same option is also available to customers from within the app with in-app purchase"

(Via .Ars)


Apple fan boys will not complain, haters obviously will. But does this policy fair enough?

Bad side,

  • 30% of revenue will goto Apple. Amazon has their own payment system and will eat their profit.

  • No way to skip iPhone app store to install apps. Other option is to provide html5 app like Google. Will users like it?

No real good side to this policy other than Apple maintain control over iPhone eco-system and revenues. For an fair argument,

  • Why should user had to buy content outside app store? No harm is in-app purchasing? Amazon doesn't work with Paypal in similar terms.

As per this policy Kindle directing purchases to browser had to be banned as well. I see two problems here,

  1. Purchases made through Amazon Kindle or Sony eReader can be accessed through their application alone. And both of them don't have any app for Linux.

  2. Apple control of iPhone apps and no way to install apps without jail breaking. Mac's are lucky being able to install via Mac App store or by regular means.

We are looking at content owner and distribution owner in arms. Will it impact users of iOS, definitely will not. Both Amazon & Sony had to play by terms of Apple or users will move away to iBooks.

Amazon/Sony aren't angels to be supported and they care about money just like Apple. Thanks all three corporations for making an interesting new.