Apple Set to Remove Apps from its Affiliate Program


The Cupertino tech giant said that starting October 1, apps for iOS and macOS will no longer be included in its iTunes Affiliate Programme. Even that, it would seem, is too much for impoverished Apple to pay its fans as apps disappear from the agenda as of 1 October 2018.

In an announcement via newsletter, Apple said that all commissions for iOS and Mac apps in addition to in-app content will be removed, while "all other content types (music, movies, books and TV) will remain in the affiliate program". In other words, both the iOS and macOS apps will have their own app store in iOS 11 and Mojave respectively.

Apple has announced that it will be removing apps and in-app purchases from its iTunes Affiliate Program.

Having once enabled sites to earn 7 percent commission for app sales, Apple then dropped this to just 2.5 percent. Movies, TV, Mac apps, Mac in-apps, iBooks, and paid apps now earn a 7 percent commission rate while iOS in-app purchases and iTunes Music earn a 2.5 percent commission rate.

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For more information on commission rates, please see our Commissions and Payments page on the Affiliate Resources site.

The affiliate marketing program allowed individuals, iOs news sites and publications to link to an app and in return receive revenue from Apple, which the firm took out of its standard 30% iTunes and App Store cut.

Apple is closing down its App Store affiliate program that enabled services that recommended apps or in-app content to share in a small percentage of the revenue generated. The company is maintaining its referral rate of 7% for music, movies, books and TV programs.