Apple’s decrease iTunes Affiliate charges solely apply to in-app commissions, report says

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Clarifying a just lately introduced iTunes Affiliate Program coverage change that reduces fee charges, a report on Wednesday claims the brand new schedule applies solely to in-app hyperlinks, not web sites and different retailers.


Apple late final month knowledgeable members of the affiliate hyperlink program to a steep discount in fee charges for apps bought via the App Retailer. The change, which went into impact on Could 1, was anticipated to convey affiliate charges down from 7 % to 2.5 %.

In keeping with an electronic mail despatched to MacGamer HQ from Apple’s iTunes Affiliate Help, nonetheless, the coverage swap seems to apply to in-app purchases.

“Please be aware that solely in-app commissions have modified,” Apple’s help staff writes.

The e-mail goes on to checklist up to date fee ranges, noting iOS and Mac app commissions stay at 7 %, whereas in-app fee for each platforms are actually at 2.5 %. The clarification appears to jibe with observations from bloggers who, as of yesterday, had but to see the supposed fee reduce instituted.

AppleInsider was unable to confirm MacGamer HQ’s claims, and Apple’s help groups aren’t all the time in sync with their company counterparts. That mentioned, a separate fee mannequin for in-app purchases is sensible contemplating the initiative’s objectives.

That mentioned, the brand new data seemingly contradicts Apple’s authentic assertion on the matter launched final month:

Beginning on Could 1st 2017, commissions for all app and in-app content material will likely be decreased from 7% to 2.5% globally. All different content material sorts (music, motion pictures, books, and TV) will stay on the present 7% fee fee in all markets. We may also proceed to pay affiliate commissions on Apple Music memberships so there are numerous methods to earn commissions with this system.


Beneath the iTunes Associates program, web sites, blogs and different on-line publications linking to App Retailer apps are capable of declare a small proportion of proceeds from subsequent purchases. Importantly, the settlement doesn’t eat into developer proceeds, making it an efficient type of hyperlink distribution and, the place relevant, promoting.

If Apple is in reality limiting fee fee adjustments to in-app purchases, the transfer could be consistent with modifications made to the App Retailer income mannequin final 12 months. After years of taking a flat 30 % reduce of all App Retailer purchases, each one-time and in-app renewing, Apple launched a brand new tier that deducts solely 15 % of revenue generated by long-term subscribers. The up to date phrases elevated developer income to 85 %, incentivizing auto-renewable subscriptions which are achieved in-app.



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