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- Julian Russo
Elon Musk is one of the personalities who have an opinion on … almost everything! The billionaire can as well express themselves on the automotive sector, social networks such as that of the distribution of applications. In a recent tweet, Elon Musk revived the debate on the commission that Apple charges to companies and independent developers who have an activity on the App Store. As usual, Musk shares the opinion of the CEOs of Spotify and Epic Games who have been fighting for a very long time against the 30% and 15% commissions on the App Store.
Elon Musk reaffirms his support for the resistants of the Apple commission
Since the green light from Twitter’s board of directors for the takeover of the social network, Elon Musk has continued to be talked about in the media around the world. The billionaire just posted a tweet to to give his opinion on the 30% commission that Apple takes from developers who generate more than $1 million a year on the App Store.
Unsurprisingly, Elon Musk who is a lover of freedom cannot understand how developers can be taxed for content that they bring to customers and which obviously benefits Apple when purchasing a new product.
To show how absurd this commission is, Elon Musk compared the 30% commission to a tax for going on the internet. The boss of Tesla implies that he would be unimaginable to make people pay so that they can access the internet when they already pay a monthly renewal subscription with their internet service provider.
For developers, it’s a bit the same thing since remember that each developer account is subject to an annual payment of $99 for any membership Apple Developer Program. An essential subscription to publish one or more applications on the App Store!
The boss of Epic Games delighted with this tweet
Tim Sweeney, boss of Epic Games (the company that created Fortnite) seems to have been delighted of this tweet of support from Elon Musk. Sweeney has been fighting the App Store commission for more than a year and to see that one of the most publicized American personalities participates in the denunciation of this “abusive” commission, it is a gigantic victory.
The CEO of Epic Games retweeted Musk’s tweet in less than an hour!
This is the second time that Elon Musk critical Apple’s commission policy that impacts the income of millions of developers around the world. In July 2021, Tesla’s CEO said the 30% commission was similar to a “de facto global internet tax”. Apple had not reacted to this statement, which was retweeted and liked hundreds of thousands of times on Twitter.
Apple’s store is like having a 30% tax on the Internet. Definitely not ok.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 3, 2022