Whats going to happen to all those iOS apps on July 30th?
I use a lot of apps on the various iOS devices but I am concerned that apples new policies will see a rapid removal of needed apps.
If you dont know about what happens on July 30th have a read of Just how is Apple's App Store subscription policy good for users? [Updated] – Telegraph Blogs for a little bit of the choices apps have.
So far apps currently installed on my iphone (there will be more but not installed currently) that will be removed unless they pay apple 30% of their subscription:
WoW Remote AH (I used to use it)
Skype (probably affected)
Sky Player (dont use though)
iPlayer App (international will charge)
Various accounts apps that link to paid subscription sites.
Those are ones I have actually got installed, things like real (us), netflix (us but I bet there wont be a lovefilm app now), salesforce/sugar apps will also be on the hook.
This is an example of Apple being bad tbh and I think its short sighted. If anything this means all those dev's will look to move platforms if not exclusively certainly to pay less tax per customer. Real have said they wont lose 30% as they cant afford it and last.fm is considering the same. Spotify probably doesnt even have a 30% margin themselves so its probably a goner. Also due to Steve being Steve if app devs added 30% on to their subscription for iOS users they have to do it to all on ANY platform as the iOS price has to be the cheapest....
Apple takes 30% and has none of the costs in providing the content, this is bad for all.
If half those apps jump ship so will I especially spotify which I cant live without now.
If apple had said publishers of mags had to pay, fair enough, they save a large % by not using normal distro but streaming music, thats just to remove competition until apple does it themselves.
This apple policy is bad for all, if you have any apps that require a sub or purchase outside the app they are on the hook too. Please list them below.
NOTE: as the policy is not *live* yet apple may change their mind, we can hope....