April 25, 2024
Apple is Killing the App Store Affiliate Program

Apple is Killing the App Store Affiliate Program

Posted August 2, 2018 at 4:09am by iClarified
Apple has announced that it's killing the App Store affiliate program effective October 1st.

Thank you for participating in the affiliate program for apps. With the launch of the new App Store on both iOS and macOS and their increased methods of app discovery, we will be removing apps from the affiliate program. Starting on October 1st, 2018, commissions for iOS and Mac apps and in-app content will be removed from the program. All other content types (music, movies, books, and TV) remain in the affiliate program.

Apple attempted to drop the affiliate commission rate from 7% to 2.5% last year but then backtracked after publisher uproar and clarified that only in-app purchases would be reduced.

The news is devastating to many publishers and could potentially put some popular Apple sites out of business.

Eli Hodapp of TouchArcade writes, "I genuinely have no idea what TouchArcade is going to do. Through thick and thin, and every curveball the industry threw at us, we always had App Store affiliate revenue- Which makes a lot of sense as we drive a ton of purchases for Apple. I don’t know how the takeaway from this move can be seen as anything other than Apple extending a massive middle finger to sites like TouchArcade, AppShopper, and many others who have spent the last decade evangelizing the App Store and iOS gaming- Particularly on the same day they announced record breaking earnings of $53.3 billion and a net quarterly profit of $11.5 billion."

Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, or RSS for updates.

Apple is Killing the App Store Affiliate Program

Add Comment
Would you like to be notified when someone replies or adds a new comment?
Yes (All Threads)
Yes (This Thread Only)
iClarified Icon
Would you like to be notified when we post a new Apple news article or tutorial?
Comments (2)
You must login or register to add a comment...
DaddyDavid - August 7, 2018 at 6:56am
What happened?
firefish - August 2, 2018 at 4:24am
Honestly I am in support of the move. If you built a business model SOLELY BENEFICIAL on the revenue generated off of app referrals, you're best bet is to be pushed out of business anyways.
Recent. Read the latest Apple News.
Tutorials. Help is here.
Where to Download macOS Monterey
Where to Download macOS Ventura
AppleTV Firmware Download Locations
Where To Download iPad Firmware Files From
Where To Download iPhone Firmware Files From
Deals. Save on Apple devices and accessories.