The Cupertino-based company sent out emails to members apart of the App Store affiliate program letting them know that commissions will be cut from 7 percent to 2.5 percent starting May 1st.
In less than a week Apple will make the change to its App Store commission by a whopping 64 percent. While App Store users won’t be affected by this change it will have a major change on the ecosystem of the App Store.
Before Monday’s announcement, the 2.5 percent commission rate applied to Japan’s App Store and in-app purchases. Now, Apple will make this commission globe for apps and in-app purchases excluding other content such as movies, music, and books which will remain at the same 7 percent rate.
“Starting on May 1st 2017, commissions for all app and in-app content will be reduced from 7% to 2.5% globally. All other content types (music, movies, books, and TV) will remain at the current 7% commission rate in all markets. We will also continue to pay affiliate commissions on Apple Music memberships so there are many ways to earn commissions with the program.”
Affiliate commissions are a way for websites to write about apps to earn a profit. Developers use affiliate links in their apps and websites to supplement their app income. While this will affect many developers, we’ll see if Apple has something bigger and better in store for its members.
Source info: MacStories