Apple's App Store Affiliate Program will soon be discountinued..

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Apple claims that the modifications to the iOS and Mac App Stores have ensured more methods of driving app discovery. Apple says, after the launch of the new App Store interfaces for iOS and macOS, there are other methods of app discovery.

Apple sent out an August 2018 newsletter for their Apple Affiliate Program yesterday, which announced the company would be ending commissions for iOS and Mac apps, along with in-app purchases, starting October 1, 2018. However, the subsequent backlash from developers and publishers forced the company to retract its decision even though the commission rates were kept at 2.5 percent for all purchases of in-app contents.

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It will still be possible to earn commission on music, movies, books and TV shows.

This important source of revenue for some will be drying up soon. Apple attempted to drop the affiliate commission rate from 7% to 2.5% past year but then backtracked after publisher uproar and clarified that only in-app purchases would be reduced.

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For Apple devices - Download the app in the App Store. Publishers that were too reliant on Facebook traffic also have lost business when the social network has made changes to its algorithms that determine what people see in their news feeds. That was in April 2017, just after the revamped app store was launched. The elimination of app referral payments should be a warning to any company that makes money from referrals for other content like music, movies, books and TV. Affiliated entering the program earned a one-time 100% commission on the first month of a user's subscription to Apple Music - twice the existing rate that pays 50%. The changes are due to take effect on October 1.

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