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Default Apple Store bans direct sales and outside content, is Kindle next?

Apple is clamping down on apps that sell content outside of its walled garden and has made a two major moves to restrict apps from making revenue without cutting Apple in.

According to the New York Times, Apple has told some developers (including Sony) that they can no longer sell content (like ebooks) inside their apps if they don’t use Apple’s in-app purchases. Apple recently rejected the Sony iPhone app because it would have have let users buy ebooks from the Sony Reader Store.

Translation: you can’t sell stuff in-app without giving Apple a 30 percent commission. Period.

Even more troubling is the news that Apple is telling app developers that providing access to content purchased outside the App Store is also a no-no.

This is a dramatic change of policies for Apple that could have huge implications on other contents that provide access to “outside content.” Amazon’s Kindle app, for instance, gives users access to books purchased outside of the Apple ecosystem.

There have to hundreds (maybe thousands?) of iOS apps that allow users to access outside content. Will Apple remove them all?

Apple is shoring up its revenue/billing policies just one day before News Corp’s press conference to announce The Daily, a new iPad app that will reportedly use a new recurring subscription billing model and cost $0.99 per week.
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