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Did Apple just save the publishing industry? Or did it just get so hungry for burgers that it butchered its own cash cow? The rumblings started earlier this month, when Sony got itself in a bunch over Apple's rejection of its e-reader app on the grounds that it didn't sell books quite the way Apple wanted it to. Say you buy a bunch of e-books on a website, and then you download an app that lets you access those books on an iPad. According to Apple's rules, the application has to also let you buy books directly through its own interface. Hey, some customers just don't like to futz with a website, so there has to be an in-app option as well.
No, you're not sounding like Beck. You're being reasonable and using facts.
Apple is demanding a 30% cut for what? The privilege of using their iPhone? I have a Windows desktop. So does that mean Microsoft can demand a cut from whatever online store I patronize? My TV set is made by Samsung, so if I buy something because of a commercial I see, do they deserve a cut?
The iWhatever is a computer, a small specialized computer, but still a computer. If someone else's program runs on a computer, the computer makers have no right to claim tribute. They got that when the computer was purchased and the developers paid the licensing fee.