The Half Elf wrote on Dec 9, 2021, 07:39:
Actually it's not 30% until they make X amount of money (If I'm wrong please let me know). But what exactly does a developer do besides give the program to Apple to host on the store? Do they provide money towards to data useage or hosting fee's?
So let me put up an analogy and you all tell me if it's accurate or not.
Ferrari makes Ferrari cars. Someone wants to own/drive a Ferrari, but says Ferrari's are too expensive. Ferrari says "hey if you want to drive our cars, this is the cost of driving them, if ya don't like it you can go buy/drive another car". Person says "No I want a Ferrari because it's a Ferrari, and having a Ferrari makes people pay attention to me more then driving a Ford Focus, but I'm not going to pay the price for a Ferrari and I'm going to sue you claiming you have a monopoly on Ferrari's!"
This isn't really a very good analogy. In large part because "pay attention to me" isn't the same as "make enough money to stay in business."
In the US, Apple controls about 50% of users, but also controls the more valuable users, as it controls nearly 70% of the app market. And it isn't a product they're selling, like a car, but access to those users. And this is a decision users don't factor in to their purchase.
Back in the 90s, Walmart put many companies out of business (or, more accurately, turned them from US-owned-and-operated business to Chinese ones) by forcing companies to cut costs in order to sell at Walmart. Walmart was so large that there was no way for the companies to stay in business without Walmart, but the demands led to slow deaths instead of over night ones. That's more akin to what is going on here than a consumer buying a car. Walmart should have been raked over the coals for what it did to so many American manufacturers.