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Apple’s subscription policy net loss for users, Marco Arment warns

Influential developer Marco Arment, though not necessarily one of my faves, adds his voice to the increasingly loud chorus speaking out against Apple's new subscription rules as bad for users. Once Gruber comes around, even the most pro-Mac of pundits will be against these misbegotten rules.

What if major publishers, such as the New York Times or The Wall Street Journal (whose current app violates this new policy, along with Hulu, Netflix, Kindle, The Economist, and countless others), decide that they don’t want to offer their services through IAP (at 30% less revenue per customer) and just cancel their current or future iOS apps?

Don’t we all lose?

The discussion shouldn’t be whether Apple can enforce this policy, but whether they should. And if you look at what this does to developer relations, big and small, it’s easier to argue that this is likely to result in more harm than good to the iOS platform.

-Marco Arment's blog, Feb. 21, 2011

Posted by Aaron Pressman

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