Japan Fair Trade Commission forces Apple to slightly loosen restrictions on ‘reader’ apps

So-called 'reader' apps will soon be allowed to link to their own external sites for account management.

Apple has long allowed what it calls reader apps (like Netflix, Kindle, Spotify, Audible, or Dropbox) to bill users outside of Apple's usual in-app purchase method (in which Apple takes 15-30% of subscription or purchase revenue). However, such apps are forbidden from mentioning that such a thing is possible, and cannot link out from the app to their websites for account management (including subscription renewals or purchases).

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