Apple’s policies have never been arms-open-wide welcoming for third party vendors. Now, more changes are being implemented through iOS’ App Store with in-app purchases being pulled out of reading apps. The only way to go through is via iTunes that allows Apple to collect 30% of the sale or by accessing the website directly through the Safari browser. Apple no longer restricts vendors from selling content outside the app. Going through iTunes also limits subscriber information for the third party provider as Apple does not share this information.
Kobo has pulled out its book store link from within its app for iOS devices. The Wall Street Journal is also reporting the removal of all purchasing options in response to Apple’s new rules. Customers wanting to subscribe to the service will now have to call customer service or visit the newspaper’s website on the browser. Spotify has been similarly updated. Barnes & Noble’s Nook app also does not have a link to its online book store anymore.
Kindle app has received an update that includes the removal of the Kindle Store button and the capability of sharing quotes and messages via Facebook and Twitter. Apart from that, the Kindle app has also got support for magazine and newspaper subscriptions. You can now read, browse, or purchase from a collection of 100 newspapers and magazines and view high resolution color photos. More content is coming soon. Already subscribed customers will find recent issues in the “Archived Items” menu.
Commenting on Apple’s new policy for the App Store, News Corp spokesperson said they were worried that the users’ experience will suffer as a result of this change.
Google Store is no longer available on App Store. Whether that’s because of rebellion or a temporary time out for the app to get updated, we can’t say.