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        Last week, the European Commission announced, in response to a complaint filed by Spotify, that it would be opening an investigation into Apple’s App Store practices, which potentially constitutes an illegal breach of EU competition laws

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        Hugely wealthy multinationals are very powerful and are in a position to pick and choose how they will behave under, or to one side of the existing laws, including constitutions, international treaties on Human Rights, etc., as long as national governments do not work together in a coordinate fashion to make them toe the line: international power vs. multinational power seems like an obvious proposition, but it is not happening nearly enough. Instead, it is a here and there, now and then, in some cherry-picked cases, sort of thing. (I am counting the EU as “one country” here, because it cannot tackle the multinationals with lasting success all by itself, anymore than the US, let’s say, can. Fining a few billion dollars to corporations that make tens of billions a year is, for those corporations, just the cost of doing business.)

        Now about applications software, their developers interests and the Apple Store policies:

        I have several applications that I bought directly from their developers, not from the Store. In fact, I’ve never bought anything from the Store (I am the proud owner of a Mac laptop and of nothing else that is an Apple product). So it is not quite so that if developers want Apple-device users (at least laptop and desktop users) to buy and use their applications they have to submit themselves to Apple’s designs against their best intentions and their best interests. I imagine there might be something to be gained by developers to make it desirable for them to have their software showcased in the Store, but this does not seem absolutely necessary for them to be in business. I wonder what I might be overlooking here, because I am probably missing something important.

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        I wonder what I might be overlooking here, because I am probably missing something important

        It is not about the MAC but about iPhone/iPad Apple apps store, and the 30% cut.

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          Thanks, Alex. But now this question comes up: Why can’t developers of applications for Apple cell-phones and tablets provide them from outside the App Store, just as others can for Macs, such as those that I have installed and am using in mine without any difficulties (e.g.: Malwarebytes (free version) for Macs, Adblock Plus, Webroot SecureAnywhere, Handbrake, etc.)?

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

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