“Apple is being warned against trying to squeeze cash out of the newspaper industry by controlling subscriptions for iPads and iPhones,” BBC News reports.
“The European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA) says it is concerned by the company’s plans to direct online sales through iTunes,” The Beeb reports. “If that happens, the ENPA warns, a large cut of their profits would go to Apple.”
“Apple declined to comment on the ENPA’s criticism,” The Beeb reports. “The company has previously denied that it plans to stop users from buying subscriptions through publishers’ own websites. However, it has introduced a rule that newspaper apps must include an option to purchase through iTunes.”
MacDailyNews Take: And, so, the ENPA’s “concerns” are baseless.
The Beeb reports, “Critics argue that the ease of ‘in app’ subscription means most users will opt for Apple’s preferred method.”
MacDailyNews Take: Tough.
The Beeb reports, “In a related move, Belgium’s economy minister has called for an official investigation into Apple’s plans to sell e-newspapers. Vincent Van Quickenborne has suggested that the company may be abusing its dominant position in the market.”
MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like Q needs to go back to law school.
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