Microsoft Could Pull SkyDrive App For iOS As It Fights With Apple Over 30% Cut

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SkyDrive's official iOS app could disappear if Apple won't negotiate.
SkyDrive's official iOS app could disappear if Apple won't negotiate.
  • techwarrior

    This is probably why subscription services for periodicals are floundering. We have a variety of devices with which we consume cloud services. If Apple does not make changes, folks will find it too restrictive to use iDevices. It is inevitable the competition will catch up with Apple, so this could become a competitive disadvantage.

    Clearly, iTunes is a game-changing marketing tool. Particularly for small devs who would have to build a complicated and costly marketing campaign without Apple’s store. But, for others with existing Marketing campaigns it is a bit of a quandary.

    If Apple relents on subscriptions for services shared with other devices, what stops a game dev from making a cross platform game that works on multiple devices and charges a small annual fee to use the service…

    The problem is really evident for one who consumes most of the benefit of the services on a PC, for which the app is not available in iTunes. To pay Apple 30% for the subscription is illogical. Perhaps the solution could be to charge a minimal fee to activate existing subscriptions for the service for iDevices.

    In the end, Apps is not the core business of Apple. It supplements their device sales, providing added benefit to choosing the iDevice over competitors products. Apple does not own the cloud, so they should tread carefully and not get too greedy.

  • technochick

    Netflix, Hulu etc aren’t iOS exclusive but if they take my money via the app, they pay Apple the 30%.

    Microsoft doesn’t want to play by the rules and as a potential developer I am happy to see Apple making them

  • technochick

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    If Apple relents on subscriptions for services shared with other devices, what stops a game dev from making a cross platform game that works on multiple devices and charges a small annual fee to use the service…
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    Nothing. Thy can already do it. That isn’t the issue. The issue is how the person got to the service. If they came to the iOS app first, paid via the app and thus iTunes, Apple gets the cut. if they paid off their computer and merely log in, the app didn’t bring them in as a customer nor are they paying via Apple systems, so no cut. The whole link rule is that Apple feels it is unfair for someone to gain a cx via the app but then sent them away from Apples systems to pay to avoid the cut. And I for one agree that that is a jerk move on the developers part.

  • philipreyreyes

    Isn’t the difference between SkyDrive and apps like Spotify and Netflix that they aren’t direct competitors to services provided by Apple i.e. iCloud. That being said I’d love for Apple to try out a music and video subscription service.

  • Spydefan

    Give Microsuck an inch and they’ll take a mile (Like they stole Windows in 1984)