At the moment, print or web subscribers to The Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Economist get free access to those publications’ iPad apps. From 1 April, they won’t. Apple has told publishers that if they want to offer subscription-based content through its App Store, they have to use Apple’s own billing system (and thus pay it a 30% share of subscription revenues). On reading the report, our thoughts turned immediately to music. Numerous streaming music services use exactly the same model as those newspapers, billing subscribers direct, then letting them sign in to a free iPhone or iPad app. If the new rules only apply to newspaper and magazine publishers, there’s no problem for the music services. If, however, Apple’s new rules apply across the App Store… Well, it’s going to be interesting. 
Source: AppleInsider

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