Programmer Alex Young writes today in a blog post "We Are the App Store" that Apple's bullying behavior over its new subscription payment program could prompt small developers to abandon the platform and take the most innovative apps elsewhere.
The most galling statement I’ve read on this topic is that app developers have had a free lunch so far. Excuse me? How many of us invested weeks or months to study Apple’s (relatively unique) choice of language, and closed APIs? How many of us paid our mandatory iOS developer fee? How many of us have had apps rejected for obscure reasons? And before the Apple apologists start arguing about App Store rejections — I work (freelance) for a music streaming service, and believe me when I say there’s nothing fair about Apple’s review policies.
I love developing with Apple’s operating systems and tools, but people are surprisingly fickle and will dump their iPhones quicker than Apple are prepared for. We make the App Store what it is, and the future of it is in our hands.
-Alex Young, Feb. 22, 2011