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Apple's new iOS rules spur updates of Spotify, Kobo, Rhapsody and more

Apple's new iOS rules spur updates of Spotify, Kobo, Rhapsody and more
Stuart Dredge

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Devices / iPhone / July 25th 2011 at 11:12AM

Amazon daring Apple to blink first when it comes to Kindle though.

A range of e-book and music apps for iOS have been updated to conform to Apple's new rules on in-app purchases and subscriptions, including Spotify, Rhapsody, Kobo, Nook Kids and the Wall Street Journal.

The new rules bar apps from directing users to an external website or mobile website to buy content or subscriptions. Rhapsody's update text explains that it has "removed direct links to sign up for Rhapsody from the app", while Spotify's merely touts its "compliance with new rules for subscription-based apps".

Kobo has removed its e-books store from its iOS app, although it explains to its users that "you can continue to shop at our website". Barnes & Noble has also removed a link to its store from its Nook Kids iOS app too.

Most notably, Google Books appears to have disappeared from the App Store entirely. Meanwhile, Amazon has yet to update its Kindle app for iOS, indicating that it is engaging in a staring match with Apple to see who blinks first: if Amazon continues to direct its users to its mobile web Kindle store, will Apple boot it out of the App Store?

The Wall Street Joural has removed a subscription option from its own iOS app, finally. "We remain concerned that Apple's own subscription [rules] would create a poor experience for our readers, who would not be able to directly manage their WSJ account or to easily access our content across multiple platforms," its spokesperson tells the Wall Street Journal.