Apple’s policies on 3rd-party in-app purchasing

Apple’s policies on 3rd party in-app “stores” are a bit ridiculous.

I think primarily about Google’s launch of the Play Music app on iOS this morning. It ships without the ability to purchase music within the app. Why? Because Apple permits you to sell digital goods only via the in-app purchasing API (meaning, they get a 30% cut). I believe they even restrict apps from providing a link to a web-based store.

Why is this ridiculous?

Because it’s basically like a big-box retailer requiring manufacturers to pay them 30% of all revenue received from the usage of a product sold to a consumer after the sale. Nobody would put up with this.

Why do developers stand for it from Apple?

Ridiculous.

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