The Readability iOS app has been re-submitted. Coming soon: our open love letter to Apple.
I doubt that they're paying Apple's Vig and there hasn't been enough time to negotiate a lower rate, so my guess is that Readability are making use of a quirk in the rules that Steve Jobs invented this week. One developer, concerned about the affect Apple's greed would have on various services he subscribed to (such as Dropbox, SalesForce, and Evernote), asked Steve Jobs to clarify the rule. This is the email he is supposed to have received:
We created subscriptions for publishing apps, not SaaS (software as a service) apps.
Sent from my iPhone
As I see it, this is an arbitrary distinction that attempts to separate some subscription apps from the rest. This answer bothers me more than if Apple had decided to go after a cut of the subscriptions from SaaS apps, because there is only a small difference between SaaS and streaming services like Pandora, Rhapsody,and Netflix. In fact, I really don't see how these services count as publishers when they stream content. Can someone explain?
Is it just me, or are the folks at Apple are just making this up as they go along?