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Major news publishers join fight against Apple's App Store fees

Campaign 21 Aug 2020 02:57

A trade body representing the world's major news organisations is pressing for more favourable terms for publishers on Apple's App Store—becoming the latest industry to question the iPhone maker's policies.

The chief executive of Digital Content Next, a trade body representing more than 50 mostly-US-based media companies including Dow Jones, the New York Times, News Corp and the Washington Post, penned a letter to Apple chief executive Tim Cook on Thursday (August 20) demanding clarity on how certain companies are given better financial terms than others.

In particular, the letter called out an agreement struck between Amazon and Apple, in which Apple is purpoted to have cut its App Store fee in half, from 30% to 15%, for consumers who subscribed to Prime Video, and abolished the fee for existing Prime Video subscribers. Apple also reportedly permitted Amazon to use payment systems other than Apple's own—a topic at the centre of a separate battle between Apple and Epic Games. In return, Apple could sell and market its products on Amazon's marketplace.

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