Financial Times pulls apps from Apple’s App Store

iPhone,iPod | Wednesday August 31 2011 1:42 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

Financial Times pulls apps from Apples App Store

The Financial Times's Web-based app is replacing its ousted iTunes apps.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)

The Financial Times has removed its iOS apps from Apple ‘s App store in response to a policy that gives the latter a 30 percent cut of sales.

A representative for the international business newspaper told CNET that “we removed the app after amicable discussions with Apple . The FT iPad and iPhone apps will no longer be available to new users through iTunes.”

To replace its dedicated iOS apps, London-based FT has rolled out its own mobile Web-based app designed for the iPhone , iPod Touch, and iPad and accessible through Safari and other mobile iOS browsers. The mobile Web app has actually been online since May while FT prepped itself for a possible exit from the App Store. But now the mobile site is the only option for subscribers who want access to the Financial Times from their iOS devices.

Encouraging subscribers to switch to the new Web-based app, FT is touting it as superior to its old iOS app with faster performance, a wider range of content, an option for offline reading, and of course, no download required. Nonsubscribers can see the headlines, photos, and brief descriptions of each story. Reading full stories requires a paid subscription.

The FT rep said that over 550,000 people are using FT’s mobile Web … [Read more]

Financial Times pulls apps from Apples App Store

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