• Rob GrantRob Grant, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    The 30% fee applies only to content and features that are delivered as an in-app purchase, so Lyft, Uber, and AirBnB aren't skirting anything—they provide physical services that are external to any app. If your app itself has a subscription fee to use, you're out of luck.

    EDIT: Upon further consideration, I think you'll be fine as long as you don't offer the subscription within the app. Sell subscriptions via your site and design the app to be useful only to authenticated users. Think Spotify.

    6 points
    • Oscar WaczynskiOscar Waczynski, almost 9 years ago

      Thats exactly what I was thinking...

      But there are other companies that are doing the same thing like for instance... SeatMe, POSLavu, SquareRegister, etc...

      If it was 5% I wouldn't even care... but 30% is outrageous.

      0 points
    • Brendan SaundersBrendan Saunders, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

      I worked for a company that built iOS apps with a subscription model and while I don't recall all the specifics, I do recall that we were rejected from the app store until we removed the ability to create an account in-app, and had scrubbed the app of all links pointing to the signup page (including the app store description.)

      1 point