Updated App Store Terms Cover New Subscription Rules

Today, if you decide to install The Daily or any other application from the App Store, you will be required to agree to updated terms and conditions. This change, long awaited by both users and publishers, mainly pertains to subscription services. The revised terms state, “Subscription purchases to access services via the Licensed Application are managed and processed by Apple.

All payments and related issues (including any submitted or collected information) are governed by Apple’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.” Users are advised to review Apple’s policies before making any purchases.

During a recent announcement, The Daily was introduced as the first newspaper application in the store to provide a subscription model. Customers have the option to subscribe for US$0.99 per week or make a one-time annual payment of $39.99. Following the announcement, during a Q&A session, Apple’s Eddy Cue hinted that this subscription model would soon be available to other publishers in the App Store, a statement that likely caught the attention of many publishers.

For instance, Time, Inc. and Apple have been at odds over this subscription approach for a while. Time even claimed that budget constraints and other issues have impeded the development of its Sports Illustrated app.


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