iOS Subscription Issues here?
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Posted 2/18/11
Question I have is what does the new iOS Subscription model mean for the Crunchyroll App? does it mean you will have to update the app to allow Membership buys thought the app?

there is lots of debate about this type of thing surrounding sites like this (Netflix being a big one that mirrors what Crunchyroll does)... has the developer asked Apple what it really means yet?

just currious if anyone getting good answers from Apple yet on this..

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Ronin
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Posted 2/18/11
I haven't read much about it but we are going to be doing in-app subscription purchases through Apple once we're able to set it up.

You will still be able to sign up through the site like normal without ever using the in-app purchasing system but we won't be able to provide the option to purchase through the site, in the app. So you would have to go to the site on your own.
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Posted 2/18/11
hopefully there is some changes as giving them 30% of the in-app purchase of the subscription is going to suck for Crunchyroll in my opinion... love the apps but I think 30% is a bit steep especially when you can't charge different prices than what's going to be on the website.

although I guess most people that know better will by from the website so you will get 100% of the $$$ instead of only 70% from the app purchase... but if app purchase increase people that would not normally have gotten a subscription then who knows maybe more $$$ will be made...

Thanks for the reply
Ronin
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Posted 2/18/11
I believe the 30% cut for Apple is for new subscriptions and, for all subsequent purchases, we retain 100% (excluding Credit Card fees and portion distributed to our partners). So it's not that bad and, as you said, it will probably bring more people than normal since the flow is easier. Having to repeatedly enter in all your billing information on a small device can be a pain.
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Posted 2/21/11
My understanding is that Apple takes a 30% cut of all transactions; both new and renewal, made through their service.
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Posted 2/22/11
My info comes from this article, which is the only thing I've read on the subject. Idk if it's right or wrong.
http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/15/apple-launches-subscriptions-for-content-publishers-on-the-app-store/


Here’s the revenue breakdown: When Apple brings a new subscriber to the app, Apple earns a 30 percent share; when the publisher brings an existing or new subscriber to the app, the publisher keeps 100 percent and Apple earns nothing. We’ve pasted the release below.
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