We knew The Daily
was to be just the first drop what's destined to be a flood of titles with in-app purchases for the iTunes store
, but we weren't quite sure how hard Apple would be twisting the faucet -- until now, that is. According to The Wall Street Journal
, Cupertino will reject any newspaper or magazine app that doesn't take subscription payments through the iTunes store. It doesn't have to be solely
Apple's store -- developers can still sell through websites in addition
to the mandated in-app option. (If you recall, this is the same issue that Sony Reader for iOS
just faced.) There are a few big questions lingering out there: will the 70 / 30 revenue sharing apply? Does the "rejection" apply to apps already in the store like Amazon's Kindle
? You bet your (virtual) bottom dollar we'll be finding out soon enough.