[OT] Apple at it again

Nonsanity form at nonsanity.com
Thu Jun 9 12:12:03 CDT 2011

I rather expected this too. By setting draconian price guidelines initially,
they can control the market prices. The other requirement of
must-also-be-listed makes sure those controlled prices get used. Then a few
months later, before legal conflict can come to fruition, Apple revokes
these limitations. But the market has been established under their control,
and is likely to not drift too far from their desired model after they
relinquish control. I think Apple planned to revoke those limits after a few
months from the get-go.

 ~ Chris Innanen
 ~ Nonsanity

On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM, Richard Gaskin
<ambassador at fourthworld.com>wrote:

> Forgive the thread necromancy, but it seems Chipp was right again - back in
> February he wrote:
>  Surprise, Apple changed their license terms-- again.
>> http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9209580/Apple_s_new_App_Store_rules_affect_Amazon_s_Kindle
> ...
>  My guess is just like the last time, after much hollering a screaming,
>> Apple will change it's mind and backpedal.
> <http://lists.runrev.com/pipermail/use-livecode/2011-February/153082.html>
> Chipp's guess was correct, less than four months later:
>   Apple Reverses Course On In-App Subscriptions
>   Thursday June 9, 2011 2:55 am PDT by Jordan Golson
>   Apple has quietly changed its guidelines on the pricing of
>   In-App Subscriptions on the App Store. There are no longer
>   any requirements that a subscription be the "same price or
>   less than it is offered outside the app". There are no
>   longer any guidelines about price at all. Apple also removed
>   the requirement that external subscriptions must be also
>   offered as an in-app purchase.
>   Content providers may offer In-App subscriptions at whatever
>   price they wish and they are not required to offer an in-app
>   subscription simply because they sell a subscription outside
>   the App Store as well
>   ....
> <
> http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/09/apple-reverses-course-on-in-app-subscriptions/
> >
> Each of the last two years we've seen disruptive iOS license terms rolled
> out late winter only to be reversed in summer.
> What will happen this coming winter, and how many days will it last?
> --
>  Richard Gaskin
>  Fourth World
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