Audible breaks Apple's rules and adds mobile store link to iOS app

Audible breaks Apple's rules and adds mobile store link to iOS app

Summary: Mistake or blatant rule-breaking?

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Remember when Amazon had to remove the link to it's store from the Kindle iOS app in order to conform to Apple's rules? Well, Audible, which is itself owned by Amazon, has added a link to its mobile store to the latest update of its iOS app.

Here's what the updated app looks like:

It's pretty easy to spot! I find it had to believe that Apple missed this when checking out the update. As far as I'm aware, Apple has not relaxed its rules, so this is either a mistake, or Audible is blatantly breaking the rules.

I've played with this link to the store and it does exactly what the link to the Amazon store did in the Kindle app ... takes you to the online store and allows you to buy audiobooks using either Audible credits or credit card.

According to the 'What's new' entry for the update on iTunes US, this update adds 'data storage optimizations for iOS5,' while over on iTunes UK three different features are highlighted - sort by length feature, support for iCloud and bug fixes and stability improvements. The screenshots on iTunes US (but oddly not on UK iTunes) even show the link to the store:

I wonder if this link will still be there in the next update.

Topics: Amazon, Apple, Mobile OS, Mobility

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  • RE: Audible breaks Apple's rules and adds mobile store link to iOS app

    Good for them. It's time to stick it to the man. It's time to tell Apple that developers have had enough of the arm twisting!
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Audible breaks Apple's rules and adds mobile store link to iOS app

      @Cylon Centurion Yeah and watch Apple pull the app STAT. Those Cupertino bullies must get off on their power trip.
      MSFTWorshipper
  • RE: Audible breaks Apple's rules and adds mobile store link to iOS app

    Hear the statements. Read the rebuttals. Visit ZDNet's The Great Debate to get a front-row seat to every argument.
    youling1987
  • RE: Audible breaks Apple's rules and adds mobile store link to iOS app

    Doesnt have Apple its own store for such things like Audible audiobooks? (btw very good company with very good audiobooks!)

    But on the other hand if apple ban this app, can Audible sue them for monopolistic practices?

    Is not, banning and discouraging custommers to buy in alternative sources a crime in UK?
    It sure is in my country (Poland). (However we do not have effective justice system :( )
    przemoli
  • I find the audible website is better than the app

    I use audible regularly and always do it through the audible website and not the iphone app. I find the website offers a comprehensive and user friendly system which helps inform and organise the avaiable books in a way which the app doesn't.
    Xippy
  • Apple's rules are stupid

    But the app will probably be removed from the app store.
    Tim Acheson
  • RE: Audible breaks Apple's rules and adds mobile store link to iOS app

    This link has been in the app for months. It is not new. I'm not sure, but perhaps Apple is letting it slide because the audiobooks sold through iTunes are provided from Audible.
    erichunley
  • RE: Audible breaks Apple's rules and adds mobile store link to iOS app

    Then why did I receive an email today from Audible that stated they were changing their app so that I could no longer link directly from the app to their website? Not that I ever did; I always found it more convenient to go to my computer to browse the Audible catalog, since I can see more choices on the larger screen.
    ssaha
  • RE: Audible breaks Apple's rules and adds mobile store link to iOS app

    Steve Jobs is gone so there's no one left to say 'no' to such minor problems. Eventually, the minor problem will expand into a massive one (everyone braking the store rules) and crApple goes down the drain once again :p
    MrElectrifyer