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Apple Changes App Subscription Rules

   
1:43 pm on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Apple Changes App Subscription Rules [allthingsd.com]
Apple appears to have backed down on a major component of its new in-app subscription rules, which should provide a big boost to content companies: It has scrapped a rule requiring apps that play content like music, movies, and books to also sell the same content within the app itself, and share the revenue with Apple.

Now, apps can offer access to content purchased outside of Apple’s walls, as long as the app doesn’t have a “buy” button that connects consumers directly to an external store. That is: Apple won’t make it easy for users to buy in-app content without going through Apple’s store, but it won’t outlaw it, either.

1:57 pm on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Now, apps can offer access to content purchased outside of Apple’s walls, as long as the app doesn’t have a “buy” button that connects consumers directly to an external store.

Hmmmm, I'd need for an example.
This is a great widget. We sell great widgets, this widget is the widget you need, you can buy this widget from us. (Er, call us today?)

Weird.
3:59 pm on Jun 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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"Apps can read or play approved content (specifically magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video) that is subscribed to or purchased outside of the app, as long as there is no button or external link in the app to purchase the approved content. Apple will not receive any portion of the revenues for approved content that is subscribed to or purchased outside of the app." -from section 11.14 of the revised App Store Subscriptions agreement.

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