The rules of the app have been turned into ridiculous.

Apps have become a huge economy, but it’s almost impossible to understand the rules that govern them.

Apple and Google have twisted their decades-old rules for their app stores like a pretzel where they no longer make sense. It has made buying digital things in apps as complicated as hacking.

An example: In theory, though not yet, you can use your Amazon account to buy eBooks from Kindle’s iPhone app. You cannot purchase eBook in the Android version of the app. Until recently, the purchase of the Kindle was not effective under Apple’s rules but was fine under Google. Now it’s the other way around.

Ambiguous? Yes, Apple and Google have written long, complex guidelines for apps and have often revised these rules to protect their interests. (I’ve noticed before that Apple’s app rules are longer than the United States Constitution.)

Want more adultery? Today, it’s easy to pay to subscribe to podcasts in Patrion’s iPhone app. Apple stands aside and allows Patreon to take your personal information and credit card details.

But buying another type of digital subscription can be very different. If you buy a platinum subscription to the dating app Tinder in the iPhone app, you’re effectively signing up with Apple, and Tinder is another.

Apple charges a portion of this membership fee forever. If you want to quit, tell Apple, not Tender.

Some people charge $ 14.99 a month to purchase a six-month subscription through the Tinder app, but دی 13.50 if purchased online. (The difference in price is the way Tinder charges a partial fee of up to 30%, which Apple pays for each app purchase.) Oh, and pay to use dating apps soon. I could act like paying things – but only in the Netherlands.

For now, paying for tenders through its Android app is like the way Patriots works. But it is only because Match Group, Tinder’s parent company, has sued Google to stop the company from changing its rules.

{deep breath.}

I can tell you in detail why Apple makes a difference between buying a subscription from Patron and buying from Tender. The logic behind this is why you can buy a paperback copy of “1984” from Amazon’s Android app but not the e-book edition, and why new Netflix subscribers were able to sign up from its Android app but not now. Can do Or, can’t like. This is another pretzel turn.

It took me many hours to find out all the details in the paragraph you just read. If buying an app in 2022 requires a lot of rules, exceptions and explanations, then perhaps the logic of the app economy is illogical.

For years, some app companies have been grappling with how Google, and especially Apple, control many aspects of the economy. They both dictate which apps we can easily download through their app stores and when they handle direct purchases we make through the apps.

If we use an app to buy things in the real world, such as Uber rides or food kit subscriptions, those purchases ignore Apple and Google. The battle is over buying things we use digitally, such as a trinket used in a smartphone app game or a dating app subscription.

The problem is that when Apple launched its App Store front in 2008, the distinctions that seemed sensible didn’t necessarily fit into the modern digital economy.

I’ve written before about YouTube video creators who can’t understand why Apple or Google deserves a share of the money – possibly forever – that their fans pay them through an app. ۔

Zoom – In the age of everything, does it make sense to have different rules, like Apple tried to buy gym classes to take personally and which you practically take home? Why don’t apps like Facebook that make money from advertising pay Apple and Google a share of the revenue, but those that sell digital subscriptions?

And the rules of the app change frequently, adding to the complexity.

This month, Google has tightened restrictions so it will have to handle purchases and cuts of more digital items in apps.

Again, there is a sense behind all these pretzel twists. Apple and Google want to avoid ignoring their rules and fees for the big smartphone video games, which are the biggest money makers in the app world. And they say they are trying to respond to complaints that they have too much control or that they are burdening small businesses.

But the more concessions Apple or Google make to impress angry governments and some angry developers, but not others, the more logical their app store logic may seem.


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