There is more news on how Apple is adjusting its App Store policies in response to regulatory pressures around the world. Japan is the focus this time, with an investigation by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) having closed after Apple announced changes to how its store will work – not just in Japan, but globally.
“The update will allow developers of ‘reader’ apps to include an in-app link to their website for users to set up or manage an account,” announced Apple, which defines reader apps as those which “provide previously purchased content or content subscriptions for digital magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video”.
Yes, music, which means this will apply to Spotify and other streaming services. “Because developers of reader apps do not offer in-app digital goods and services for purchase, Apple agreed with the JFTC to let developers of these apps share a single link to their website to help users set up and manage their account,” said Apple.
The change will come into effect in early 2022.