Apple does more to p--- off users, paranoia is rampant in Jobsland

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  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Maybe if Apple brings out its own reader apart from the iPad, it can
    charge for the digital ink? :)

    Apple blocks Sony e-book app. Is Kindle next?
    By Julianne Pepitone, staff reporterFebruary 1, 2011: 5:44 PM ET


    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Apple is tightening its App Store policies on e-
    books -- a move that has the stalled the release of Sony's e-reader
    app and threatens trouble ahead for Amazon's popular Kindle app.

    The New York Times reported Monday night that Apple (AAPL, Fortune
    500) had rejected Sony's Reader app for the iPhone because users would
    make their purchases in a browser rather than Apple's in-app payments
    system -- cutting Apple out of the sales stream.

    Sony (SNY) said in a prepared statement that it has "opened a dialog
    with Apple" but has "reached an impasse at this time."

    A note posted on its website fills customers in on the dispute:
    "Unfortunately, with little notice, Apple changed the way it enforces
    its rules," Sony wrote.

    Other e-reader apps -- including those for Amazon's Kindle and Barnes
    & Noble's Nook -- open up Web browser windows when users wish to
    purchase e-books. It's unclear whether those apps, which are already
    available in Apple's App Store, will be affected by Apple's apparent
    clampdown.

    Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) and Barnes & Noble (BKS, Fortune 500) did
    not respond to requests for comment.

    Apple said in a statement Tuesday that it had "not changed our
    developer terms or guidelines."

    But Apple also signaled that it has decided to interpret its rules
    more strictly.

    "We are now requiring that if an app offers customers the ability to
    purchase books outside of the app, that the same option is also
    available to customers from within the app with in-app purchase," the
    company said.

    That's a significant change -- and one likely to be controversial with
    Amazon, which has been aggressively building out its Kindle platform
    and touting its "read anywhere" portability. The company said last
    week that Kindle e-books now outpace both its hardcover and paperback
    sales.

    Sony's feud with Apple came to light just as Apple is stepping up its
    visibility as a player in the media market.

    On Wednesday, Apple will participate in News Corp.'s New York launch
    of its new iPad-only newspaper, The Daily. To underpin the new
    venture, Apple is adapting its App Store model to support recurring
    subscription payments. The Daily is expected to sell its subscriptions
    for 99 cents per week.

    - Fortune.com's Philip Elmer-DeWitt contributed to this report. To
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    RichA, Feb 2, 2011
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  2. Don't these two proprietary phreaks just deserve each other?

    Perhaps Sony will do a root kit for the iPad...

    Avoid crapple altogether and only buy dumb devices from Sony.

    SNIP
     
    R. Mark Clayton, Feb 4, 2011
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