“Music streaming service Rhapsody today blasted Apple’s decision to take a 30% cut of all in-app subscription and content revenues, saying that the move makes its iPhone business model unsustainable.
The Seattle-based company was the first to publicly express its displeasure with Apple’s announced rules changes, which not only spelled out the 30% revenue cut, but also require content sellers to delete links to outside-app sales sites, and offer the same or lower prices for in-app purchases as they do for subscriptions or content bought elsewhere.
In his statement yesterday, Irwin also said, “We will be collaborating with our market peers in determining an appropriate legal and business response to this latest development,” a comment that some interpreted as threatening to sue Apple.”
Wow, has Apple finally overplayed its hand?
Has the garden’s wall developed a crack?
Why can’t publishers pass on savings to the customer when Apple doesn’t take a 30% skim?
Are these terms and conditions even legal? They sound like anti-competitive price-fixing.
Of course, none of this will stop iPeople from buying Apple devices. Even with pricey educations, fat bank accounts, and the best messed-up hair money can buy — iPeople still spend money like rappers with their first royalty check on “look at me” image products.
That being said, it looks like Apple may have hit its first point of dissent among content publishers, and it’s about goddamn time.
Hold muh beer, this could get interesting.