Spotify, Rhapsody have cut ties to their iOS apps

A friend pointed out to me this morning that i really should have checked up on the other content providers in iTunes because ebookstores weren't the only ones affected by Apple's greed.

He was right. Last Thursday  saw new app updates from both Spotify and Rhapsody. And guess what? Both listings state that the only change was that the app dropped the subscription link. These streaming music apps are now as crippled as Netflix or the reading apps that fell victim to Apple over the weekend.

At this point I'm not sure what's left to be said. I had expected this as far back as March, actually. All the news stories talked about the ebookstores, but Apples vig applied to all the content distributors on iOS.

The really absurd part was that this outcome was completely predictable. None of the major ebookstores could have afforded to pay Apple's vig, so they had no choice but to tell Apple (politely) to go piss up a rope. And if you have Amazon and B&N refusing to comply, was it any surprise that other content providers ducked behind them as well?

I don't know if Netflix, et all could have afforded to pay Apple's vig, but I do suspect that Amazon's intransigence kept everyone else holding out just long enough that Apple changed the rules again.

And so Apple's greed has left us with this broken customer-hostile system where you can use the apps but you can't actually spend any money.

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About Nate Hoffelder (10071 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

3 Comments on Spotify, Rhapsody have cut ties to their iOS apps

  1. Anbody notice that Jobs these days is looking a whole lot like Gollum? 😉

  2. Maybe this is Apple’s helpful way for us to weather the impending recession.

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