Shooting themselves in the foot?


Apple have once again rejigged their App store terms of service:

“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. Apple rejected Sony’s iPhone application, which would have let people buy and read e-books bought from the Sony Reader Store.

Apple told Sony that from now on, all in-app purchases would have to go through Apple, said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division.”

Which means that popular Apps like Kindle also fall foul of this change…

Now it isn’t clear what “going through Apple” actually means, but if they take a cut of the purchase price then it can only mean bad things.

Especially with new tablets being announced in February….

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