Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 23:18 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Sources familiar with the ongoing negotiations between Apple and Microsoft tell AllThingsD that the companies are at loggerheads not over the 30 percent commission Apple asks of storage upgrade sales made through SkyDrive, but over applying that same commission to Office 365 subscriptions sold through Microsoft Office for iOS, which is expected to launch sometime next year." iOS could end up being the only mobile platform without Office.
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RE[4]: Siding with MS
by Alfman on Thu 13th Dec 2012 15:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Siding with MS"
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"eBay doesn't extend the app or offers subscriptions, but you can buy/sell stuff using it and Apple takes no cut."

Isn't that because of how ebay charges venders rather than user directly for the service, which is not ad supported either? If either of these conditions didn't hold, I suspect apple would be demanding a cut.

If OSNews had an IOS app, as I understand it they'd owe 40% of advertising proceeds to apple even if the ads were only shown after a user clicked out of the app onto the website.

"In the case of subscriptions, if there are any Apple demands they can be made using the app and they get a 30% cut. So you can't offer a link to your website and have people subscribe there."

It goes beyond that unfortunately. Apple want a cut on external subscriptions as well.

I suppose some people might be fine with apple getting a cut of everything. You suggest having a 1% "symbolic" amount, but it's certainly a slippery slope and it symbolises apple's entitlements. Apple seems to want cuts on everything whether they've earned it or not. I feel the consumer would be better served if apple's store would compete on merit with independent app stores.

Edited 2012-12-13 15:44 UTC

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