Linked by fran on Tue 1st Feb 2011 23:09 UTC
Apple "Apple is further tightening its control of the App Store. Some application developers, including Sony, say Apple has told them they can no longer sell e-books within their apps unless the transactions go through Appleā€™s system. Apple rejected Sony's iPhone application, which would have let people buy and read e-books from the Sony Reader Store."
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Is anyone surprised by this?
by alcibiades on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 08:51 UTC
alcibiades
Member since:
2005-10-12

This is vintage Apple stuff. Its about two things. One thing is controlling what the customer does. What Apple wants is total control over what you do with your Apple appliance. What network you use, what apps you use, what you see or read or buy.

The second thing its about is using this control to extract a percentage of all your spending which is in any way related to that device. Hardware, software, media.

We will move by slow incremental steps to the end goal of preventing any user of any Apple product from installing any application except through the app store, and preventing any Apple user from buying or reading or viewing anything on the Apple Index.

These people are fascists dressed as Walt Disney 1955. And people think its 'cool' and about preserving the user experience! Amazing.

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vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

You're right, we shouldn't be surprised by this. However, to me, there is only one motivation to this control behavior by Apple: pressure from the stock exchange via merciless scrutiny of quarterly results.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

These people are fascists dressed as Walt Disney 1955. And people think its 'cool' and about preserving the user experience! Amazing.


They're basically admitting Apple is incapable of creating a good user experience without locking everything down, without controlling everything.

Just about every other industry seems to get by just fine without with such total control.

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tuzor Member since:
2007-08-07

This isn't a new rule. It's been there for some time, it's just that Apple has just begun to enforce it.
In my view they're obviously trying to take make more money but at the same time enhance user experience. In store purchases are much more convenient for users than redirecting you to the browser.
Obviously though a content provider would rather not give its users this choice since it's pretty obvious what they would choose.

How hypocritical of people like Thom and others saying that everyone else is doing just fine without such a controlled App Store.
I guess people forget very quickly what Apple has done to the mobile device business.
For years and years companies were milking the users by small incremental updates of hardware with no significant innovations, not until the iPod and the iPhone came along and showed them how to do it. Don't get me started about the App Store.

You can whine all you want but Apple is the only company that focuses on ease and user experience of the average user and this is a big reason they're so damn successful.

Edited 2011-02-02 11:55 UTC

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brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

"These people are fascists dressed as Walt Disney 1955. And people think its 'cool' and about preserving the user experience! Amazing.


They're basically admitting Apple is incapable of creating a good user experience without locking everything down, without controlling everything.

Just about every other industry seems to get by just fine without with such total control.
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That's simply BS. TH......Arguably the fragmentation of the Android universe isn't a swell experience for many of the users I rub shoulders with. It's finding the right balance of control and freedom.

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