Japan Fair Trade Commission forces Apple to slightly loosen restrictions on ‘reader’ apps

So-called 'reader' apps will soon be allowed to link to their own external sites for account management.

Credit: Apple

Apple has long allowed what it calls reader apps (like Netflix, Kindle, Spotify, Audible, or Dropbox) to bill users outside of Apple's usual in-app purchase method (in which Apple takes 15-30% of subscription or purchase revenue). However, such apps are forbidden from mentioning that such a thing is possible, and cannot link out from the app to their websites for account management (including subscription renewals or purchases).

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