Reply to post: Apples and Oranges

A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

GordonD

Apples and Oranges

Always interesting to see the app stores compared as if they do the same thing.

One does meaningful human audits of every app uploaded ( sometimes to the chagrin of us developers), spending a ton of money on checking there aren't a sea of trojans and other malware infecting the platform. The other does pretty much nothing for the same markup.

I'm sure that both Apple and Google make a ton of money from their app stores, but only one has a plausible security justification for it's monopoly.

Also a bit disgusting to see the proposal that successful businesses should get a discount. The cost of entry and failure rate among mobile apps punish the small players, so further rewarding the most successful players might seem a natural consequence of a competitive app store market place, but the effect on the general app development market place would be extremely pro-monopolistic.

Full Disclosure: I am not an Economist :)

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