<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/uk-retail-industry-shop-doomed-self-destruct-david-sheldon?trk=v-feed&lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_feed%3BJkahTMjPMxuvTa72SH%2B4GQ%3D%3D" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This article</a> makes for an interesting read. <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidsheldon/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">David</a> absolutely knows what he is talking about - and I am absolutely no retail pro - just an observer from the outside - so it would be foolish to question his analysis. That said, I couldn't resist building on it to try to shed light on what might be going.
Add Jason Calacancis to the legions that quite simply don't get Apple. I am sure Jason know's a lot about a lot. He is definitely way more famous than I am ... and probably richer ... so he must know what he is talking about .... right? Sorry, on this occasion - I disagree.
<blockquote>The in-app purchase feature had been removed and replaced with an account sign-up feature clearly intended to circumvent Apple’s in-app purchase rules. That feature exists only for the purpose of avoiding having to pay Apple for your use of the App Store by emailing customers within hours, directing them to subscribe to Spotify on its website. A clear violation of the terms every other developer adheres to…. On June 10, Spotify submitted another version of the app which again incorporated the sign-up feature directing App Store customers to submit an email address so they could be contacted directly by Spotify in a continued attempt to get around our guidelines.</blockquote>
Fortune : On Apple, Warren pointed to the company’s streaming-music service Apple Music, saying that the company has made it “difficult” for competing services, like Spotify, to compete with Apple Music. This is Gruber on that topic. I agree, particularly on that last sentence.
Cry me a river. Spotify has long charged $12.99 via in-app subscriptions to get around the 30 percent “App Store tax”. And Apple has now cut the long-term subscription split from 70-30 to 85-15. And Spotify is the streaming service most at war with artists over their abysmal royalty rates.
Fortune : She also seemed to side with allegations from “thousands of authors” that Amazon tries to “steer consumers to books published by Amazon to the detriment of other publishers.”
I am sure Mr. Dvorak is a very able and competent journalist - after-all he has made his living out of it for years. That said, <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/commentary/345453/apple-should-spin-off-the-macintosh" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">this article</a> is not the proof you seek.
<blockquote>Apple and Cisco Systems have fleshed out their plans to make iOS devices work better in enterprises and said the new capabilities will arrive in the fall.
Voice calls on Cisco’s Spark collaboration app will act like regular phone calls, IT departments will be able to give Cisco apps priority on iOS devices, and iPhone calls will run over corporate networks. These are some of the ways the two companies’ technologies will mesh in enterprises.