Apple defends 30% App Store revenue cut as standard industry practice

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Apple defends 30% App Store revenue cut as standard industry practice

Apple Inc. defended the fees it charges developers who sell software and services through the company’s App Store, tackling an issue that’s likely to be central to a congressional antitrust hearing next week.

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant touted a study it commissioned from consulting firm Analysis Group that concluded Apple’s 30% cut from developers is standard industry practice and “is similar in magnitude to the commission rates charged by many other app stores and digital content marketplaces.”

After the first year a user subscribes to an app, Apple’s fee drops to 15%, and the study said that cut is on the “low end,” compared with other digital stores including Google’s Play Store and similar offerings from Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co.

[Bloomberg]
 
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