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Kanye West is sick and tired of in-app purchases on iOS

Kanye West In App Purchases

Nowadays, if you take a glance at the iOS apps which generate the most money, the majority of them are free to download and instead rely upon in-app purchases for items like virtual swords, extra lives and level skips to generate boatloads of cash each and every month.

Unfortunately, because many games geared for children incorporate in-app purchases, many parents often end up spending a whole lot more on mobile apps than they may have initially bargained for. And leading the moral charge against in-app purchases is none other than Kanye West.

Yes, that Kanye West.

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Well, West isn’t so much leading the charge as he is ranting on the topic on Twitter. I suppose it’s only fitting – after warning the world about the dangers of gold diggers, West has now set his sights on iOS developers.



There are two things worth noting here.

First, Kanye here isn’t off-base. Apple over the past few years has had to put out a few fires involving developers rolling out kids apps with astronomical in-app purchases that sometimes fell in the $99 range. In fact, Apple last year entered into a settlement agreement with the FTC over a “loophole that allowed children to make in-app purchases without their parents’ permission.” When the dust settled, Apple agreed to make a payment of $32.5 million to be divided up amongst 37,000 different consumers.

Second, it’s somewhat ironic that Kanye is bemoaning in-app purchases when his wife, Kim Kardashian, has undeniably padded her bank account on the back of in-app purchases with her Kim Kardashian: Hollywood app on the App Store.

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.