Cheating the App Store
I’ve noticed a trend happening on the App Store lately. Basically developers release a free app then sell a required license code on their site for whatever the deem necessary. So basically Apple gets NO MONEY in the transaction.
How this is even allowed by Apple is beyond me, but I think its the users that get cheated.
Earlier this evening I noticed my favorite business app for the Mac, Studiometry, finally released an iPhone app. I quickly downloaded the “free” app and was excited to test drive all the features, until I realized I needed to fork over an additional $40 for a “server” license? Are you F*#@$@ kidding me? I paid about $200 for the desktop app (a ripoff I know) but now you aren’t only ripping me off, you found a way to screw Apple.
This isn’t the first app I have seen do this either. I really wish (for once) Apple would tighten their guidelines when it comes to selling apps.
The funny thing is I won’t give Studiometry the $40 but I would have paid $9.99 like I did for Things Touch, because the fee wasn’t snuck in and the desktop version cost something like $50.
So, I leave asking this. What is your thought on developers going around the 70/30 payment model set in place by Apple? Is it going against the terms or just crafty?