The Financial Times and Apple have been unable to settle their differences over how the newspaper deals with subscriptions for its iPhone and iPad apps, resulting in both being removed from the App Store. It is unclear whether Apple or the FT pulled the apps. “The FT iPad and iPhone apps will no longer be available to new users through iTunes,” an FT spokesperson tells PaidContent. “We are directing readers to the FT`s new web app available at iTunes will remain an important channel for new and existing advertising based apps.” The FT had refused to back down and use Apple’s in-app subscription system, but had left its apps on the store, effectively forcing Apple to remove them. The web app mentioned above has been a hit so far, attracting 550,000 unique users since its launch. As we’ve said before, companies across the media and creative industries are watching the FT’s strategy, and judging whether to invest in HTML5 web apps that avoid the need for Apple’s approval. Source: PaidContent

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