I KNOW LAWYERS with iPads who relish opportunities now appearing on the heels of Apple's latest moves to make in-app purchases smoother. Rhapsody president John Irwin read Apple's new terms and conditions and announced he “will be collaborating with our market peers in determining an appropriate legal and business response to this latest development.” Apple now mandates that providers of music, video, e-books, and other stuff sell their wares using Apple’s in-app purchasing and subscriptions and give Apple a 30 percent cut when they do. I like the ease with which I can make impulse purchases on my iPod Touch and my iPad. I'm sure Apple wanted to make things easier by keeping me in-app as I zeroed in on a purchase. But after reading Apple's prohibition against links inside an app to website stores, I wonder if it's legal. The new terms and conditions sound like Apple is forbidding vendors from showing links to places where I could purchase a digital product through a website instead of through Apple's iTunes Store. So when I use Google Books iPad app I won't see any of the 1,400 independent bookstores tied to the app. In one wrong-footed change to its terms and conditions, Apple has erased the presence of mom and pop American booksellers from inside its apps. And because those independent book stores are scattered throughout dozens of States, Apple has just walked into the crosshairs of numerous State attorneys general.
As expected, Apple PR remains silent on this development.
Harry McCracken -- "Rhapsody Isn’t Rhapsodizing Over Apple’s New App Store Rules" on Technologizer, February 15, 2011.
Rex Hammond -- "Does Apple Really Want to have a 'no links to your local bookstore' rule?" on his Rexblog, February 15, 2011.
Ben Parr -- "App Developers Unhappy with Apple's New Subscription Service" on Mashable, February 16, 2011.
MG Siegler -- "Apple’s Big Subscription Bet: Brilliant, Brazen, Or Batsh*t Crazy?" on TechCrunch, February 15, 2011.