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Los líos de Apple con su tienda de aplicaciones, las aplicaciones que venden contenido, etc, etc.

La última? la eliminación de la App Store (iPhone e iPad) de una aplicación e-reader de Sony que te hacía comprar los discos donde no debía (según la guía de Apple para ello). En Tech Crunch lo plantean así:

«Here we go again.

It has been a few weeks since we had a story about how Apple is evil, or how the relatively closed system that fuels the iPad and iPhone will be the downfall of society. We were due. And tonight we got such a story. Maybe. Or maybe not at all. It doesn’t really matter. What’s important is that Apple is closed! Closed, I tell you! The empire is going to collapse any moment now.»

«But the larger point goes back to what I poked fun at in the beginning of this post. There seems to be this desire to paint Apple’s relatively closed system as “evil” in some way. But the reality, of course, is that it’s not evil. If anything, it has just proven to be good business. In fact, one of the most successful business models ever. Once again we’re simply seeing that the case against Apple is just as much a case for Apple.

The larger public simply doesn’t care about this whole open versus closed debate. And it doesn’t really seem like developers actually making the apps do either. But the press certainly seems to for some reason. We get so damn angry about things like this — when we read them on our iPads.

Apple sold nearly 15 million iPads in just 8 months last year. Does anyone really believe the product is going to crash and burn this year? I can hear the masses, “You know, I was going to buy an iPad, if only they had accepted that Sony eReader app. Damn…”

«Update: Both Sony and Apple have gotten back to us on the issue.

Sony says:

Apple is now requiring “in-app” purchasing rather than linking out to our store. That’s not what we submitted based on precedent set by other eBook retailers. We’re working on a solution.

Apple says:

We have not changed our developer terms or guidelines. 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.

Despite the fact that those two statements mildly contradict one another (it seems like Sony’s should have “as well as” instead of “rather than”), this is all exactly what I talked about in the second half of the post.»