Apple Responds to Claims of Sony Reader App Rejection
In follow up to Matt's earlier coverage
of Apple's reported prohibition of the Sony Reader App from the Apple App Store, Apple is now facing the music, publicly admitting that it did, in fact, block the inclusion of the Sony Reader App from the App Store. And, as you might expect, Apple is making no apologies despite widespread criticism for restricting access to the popular application.
In a comment released exclusively to John Paczkowski of Digital Daily
, Apple is not changing the rules. It's simply enforcing those already on the books. “We have not changed our developer terms or guidelines,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Miller said. “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.”
"In other words," Paczkowski neatly summarized, "you don’t have
to buy books, or music, or other media that you consume on iOS apps from Apple. But developers must offer you the option of buying that stuff through Apple." The move suggests that either Apple is making a bigger revenue grab in the mobile space, or the Cupertino-titans want to foster an "iOS ecosystem much less pleasant for some outsiders."
The far-reaching consequences of this enforcement could be dramatic - particularly for Amazon's Kindle app and B&N's Nook application. But until we see just how far Apple will press the issue, the digital publishing world will likely continue to hold its collective breath.