Apple has recently announced minor, but very important changes to the rules of the App Store regarding the inclusion of links redirecting to external payment systems in applications. This move was commented by Daniel Ek – Spotify CEO.
Until now, developers publishing in the App Store could not include any information in their applications about alternative methods of paying for the content available in them, such as the possibility of paying a subscription for a streaming service directly at the service provider. This was to make it difficult to bypass the commission charged by Apple on most transactions made in the App Store. Amendments to the regulations, introduced as part of a settlement with the Japanese anti-monopoly office, will, however, allow some applications, referred to by Apple as “readers” (this category includes applications offering access to paid content on demand, such as streaming services and digital magazines) to place one a link to a website that offers the possibility of creating an account and paying for the subscription.
According to the president of Spotify, who has repeatedly criticized the way the App Store works and accused Apple of unfair treatment of developers, the planned changes to the regulations are a step in the right direction, but do not solve all problems. In his opinion, Apple is introducing changes in the way the App Store functions too slowly, guided only by its own interests, not the good of developers. He also pointed out that the new rules are not entirely transparent and apply only to a selected group of developers. Ek has announced that it will continue to fight for fairer competition in the App Store.
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