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  • WSJ: Apple Cracking Down on Content Control Even Further


    Last week, Apple faced harsh criticism for not playing nicely with the Sony Reader App. As you may recall, Apple effectively blocked Sony Corp's electronic book application from the App Store because the application would have circumvented Apple's system for buying content. “We have not changed our developer terms or guidelines,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Miller said in response to the Sony app's unceremonious removal. “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 the wake of Apple's more aggressive enforcement of rules, many wondered if and how the crackdown would impact other applications, specifically those that deliver content for purchase. We may now have an answer. According to a report Thursday in the Wall Street Journal, Apple is making it a clear priority to "funnel more electronic sales of magazines, newspapers and other content through its iTunes store." As the report added, the move is clearly "making some publishers uneasy."

    While Apple is undoubtedly angling to generate more subscription sales of digital content for the iPad, Cupertino's tightening enforcement of rules governing how some iPad apps must handle sales could have profound ramifications for those peddling digital books and other electronic publications. As the Wall Street Journal reports, Apple is generating no shortage of controversy with its latest crackdown because the company could effectively "require publishers to share revenue from some content with the Silicon Valley company for the first time." Making matters worse for publishers and content providers is that Apple will still restrict them from collecting the subscriber data that is invaluable for marketing purposes.

    By complicating what should be a largely uncomplicated process - selling content and digital subscriptions directly to consumers - Apple, by all accounts, risks alienating the very content providers that the company ultimately depends upon to drive the growth and adoption rate of its iPad.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: WSJ: Apple Cracking Down on Content Control Even Further started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      Now That's a Good Look on Job's.
    1. drewstone's Avatar
      drewstone -
      hahaha, i love the nail polish! Stay hot Steve-O!!
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      AWESOME Pic!
    1. Fhadso's Avatar
      Fhadso -
      Whoever did the picture really did a great job. It's VERY convincing.
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      My god does the dumb **** ever stop? Does he not notice he is driving the nails in his own coffin? All I know is that my wife will not be getting another iPhone, period. I ditched it last year and never looked back. When her contract is over, its Verizon for her and no more iPhone.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Wait, so the reasoning behind denying the app was because it didn't allow in app purchases, but only purchases outside the app?

      I am NEVER on Apple's side, but I really don't think this was meant to halt competition. How long have we had the nook and kindle apps on iOS? That's right, a LOOONG time. There is probably something going on here that we don't quite get.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Once again, if you don't want to sell in the app store then you can try elsewhere. Apple's store, Apple's rules.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Sony should release GeoHot's Computer so he can show them how to post their app on Cydia
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      My god does the dumb **** ever stop? Does he not notice he is driving the nails in his own coffin? All I know is that my wife will not be getting another iPhone, period. I ditched it last year and never looked back. When her contract is over, its Verizon for her and no more iPhone.
      my wife and I are currently shopping for Android phones as well. we both have the iphone 4 and have had all of them starting with the 2g. there's absolutely no way Im buying an "iphone 5" next summer or an iphone 6 (to be announced 6 months after the iphone 5 is released)

      in fact, I didnt even bother with the ipad as Im sitting and waiting patiently for the Motorola Xoom or the Toshiba tegra.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Did people really think that Apple woul change their sales policy in mid-stride? This has been this way since day one. iTunes has become even more of a cash cow now that the AppStore has been added.
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      my wife and I are currently shopping for Android phones as well. we both have the iphone 4 and have had all of them starting with the 2g. there's absolutely no way Im buying an "iphone 5" next summer or an iphone 6 (to be announced 6 months after the iphone 5 is released)

      in fact, I didnt even bother with the ipad as Im sitting and waiting patiently for the Motorola Xoom or the Toshiba tegra.
      I have a DroidX and love it. Since there are new phones coming out with new tech in it, the HTC thunderbolt looks like a great phone. I personally like tinkering with the phone and Motorola locks up the bootloader, but so far HTC hasn't.
    1. brandyn baker's Avatar
      brandyn baker -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      Sony should release GeoHot's Computer so he can show them how to post their app on Cydia
      Ahahahah. I second that!!!
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      yea this gong a little too far i think, i know there devices there rules, but now they are jsut being greedy
    1. rruready's Avatar
      rruready -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      I have a DroidX and love it. Since there are new phones coming out with new tech in it, the HTC thunderbolt looks like a great phone. I personally like tinkering with the phone and Motorola locks up the bootloader, but so far HTC hasn't.
      I have a Droid X too and even though the bootloader is locked, I still see no need to root. I use ADW EX launcher and I can personalize the function and look of it (changing icons and whatnot), not to mention the performance enhancements as well. After-market launcher aside, you can change the keyboard to look and function different, add customizable texting apps, etc. right out of the box. The OS is so open, I don't see a need for hacking Android. What's the point of it?