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John Gruber Analyzes Apple’s 30 Percent

Little has been more controversial of late than Apple’s subscription plan for periodicals, which retains the 70/30 split in revenues and has a few contractual clauses that publishers dislike, including requiring subscription-based apps to use Apple’s subscription APIs and requiring price-matching from subscription offers outside the app. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber looks at the main arguments against Apple’s policies and concludes that, in essence, Apple is setting rules that are good for Apple, and likely good for users. Publishers? They can either play by Apple’s rules, or not play in Apple’s sandbox.

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