Don't Buy Your YouTube Red Subscription On iOS

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YouTube Red, the long-anticipated $10-a-month ad-free YouTube, launched today. Whether or not watching Hillary ads is worth $10 a month is up to you, but one thing is very obvious: don’t get our subscription via the App Store.

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Apple has the option to subscribe to things on iOS, using your existing method of payment on the App Store. It’s convenient! But also expensive: Apple charges companies a 30 percent cut of all subscriptions sold, an amount that Google is choosing to pass on to the customers.

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In other words, a $10 subscription costs $13 bought on iOS. Given that you’re buying exactly the same goddamn thing, save yourself three bucks, and head over to YouTube itself on October 28 to spend the dollars.

[Ars Technica]


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In other words, a $10 subscription costs $13 bought on iOS.

I thought IAP markups were clear violation of Apple’s App Store terms: If you sell a subscription or product for one price outside of your app, you must offer that same price (or less) for your IAP. Did Google somehow get an exception? Was this overlooked during the app review process? Maybe I’m just wrong... I’ll have to look this one up...