Tag: app store

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Apple-commissioned study defends App Store commission rates

Apple is facing antitrust scrutiny over the way it runs its App Store, including the 30% cut of in-app purchases (which drops to 15% for subscriptions after a year of someone paying) that it takes. But look! Here’s...
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More commentators weigh in on Apple’s App Store rules

Tonight will see Apple broadcast the keynote for its online-only WWDC event. Normally Music Ally’s main interest would be any updates for Apple Music – subscriber figures and new product features alike – and while...
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Pressure mounts on Apple over App Store fees and policies

With the European Commission’s formal investigations of Apple getting underway, Spotify has seen some people and companies rallying to its antitrust cause this week. For example, the chairman of the US House’s...
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Apple faces Dutch anti-competition investigation over App Store

We’re waiting to find out what European Commission regulators will make of Spotify’s anti-competition complaint against Apple. However, the competition agency in the Netherlands, ACM, is launching its own investigation...
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Apple says iOS in-app subscriptions are up 95% year-on-year

Apple is celebrating the 10th birthday of its App Store, with a blog post full of approving quotes from partners, and a smattering of stats. Among them, there are a couple of new figures relating to in-app subscriptions...
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Report: US iPhone app spending grew by 23% in 2017

Sensor Tower is the latest research firm putting out numbers on the apps market for 2017, this time focusing on iPhone app spending in the US. It claims that the average amount spent per active iPhone in the US was $58...
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Apple changes its guidelines on template-based iOS apps

We reported earlier this month on new Apple guidelines that seemed to squash iOS apps created using template-based tools – for example, the various platforms that help musicians create and release their own mobile apps. After...
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Why new consumer-focused mobile apps are struggling in 2016

Most of the coverage of music startups Cür Media and Crowdmix focused on their financial issues, understandably, since that’s what scuppered both before their commercial launches. Had they made it past beta, though,...
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HTC launching Viveport app store for non-games VR

Virtual reality isn’t just about games, even if that’s the first obvious area for development around the latest wave of VR headsets.
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Report claims 90% of all iOS apps are ‘zombies’

Can Apple’s App Store be compared to the kind of undead-strewn wasteland that’s familiar from The Walking Dead or Resident Evil in popular culture?
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Spotify / Apple dispute escalates over ‘troubling’ behaviour

Why did Spotify publicly criticise Apple’s App Store policies earlier this week? A new report in Recode sheds more light on the escalating dispute between the two companies, with a leaked letter from Spotify’s general...
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Musical.ly signs its first label licensing deal with WMG

Hot on the heels of App Store success for its new Live.ly app, Musical.ly has signed its first label licensing deal for its core service. Warner Music Group is the partner, continuing WMG’s trend of being early in to a...