Apple Loosens App Store Payment Rules for Media and Reader Apps

Apple announced on Sep. 1 that it will loosen App Store rules that have banned content apps such as Netflix from bypassing the App Store’s controversial in-app commissions.

The announcement came as Apple Inc. faces lawsuits for the 30-percent App Store commission that prohibits paid apps from accepting payment outside the App Store.

Apple said it will allow reader and media apps to provide external payment links, effective worldwide next year.

Media giants Netflix Inc. and Spotify Technology has been bypassing App Store fees by making users sign up through browser websites.

The concession was part of a settlement with the Japan Fair Trade Commission which has been investigating Apple for anticompetitive practices since October 2016.

However, Apple is still yet to address antitrust lawsuits from other apps and game developers.

Epic Games, creator of “Fornite”, sued Apple earlier in the year after being kicked from the App Store for skirting the in-app fees, alleging that the iPhone maker abuses its power to inhibit competition.


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