15. January 2011

Apple forbids free iPad magazine subscriptions

The great control freak strikes again: Apple allegedly has told European newspaper and magazine publishers that they will not be allowed to offer free iPad magazine e-subscriptions to print subscribers through Apple’s e-newsstand app.

The reason is obvious: Apple can not earn a 30% fee from money that is not collected through their store. This is also the reason why iBooks is the only e-book app that is allowed to offer in-app purchases. This shows again, if you want to do anything on Apple’s devices you are caught in their walled garden. The price you have to pay to get in it, is that Apple will tell you, what to do and what not.

So with the rapidly growing number of Android devices this might be another point for the open system from Google, and Apple could soon be forced to be much less restrictive.

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