Ahead of an antitrust hearing on Capitol Hill next week, Apple is
fighting back against the perception that its App Store charges
onerous commission rates to developers. It hired economists from
the firm Analysis Group, who said the tech giant’s fees were
similar to competitors.
The research, published Wednesday, collected commission rates
reported on or disclosed by app stores from Amazon, Google,
Microsoft, Samsung and others. The company’s economists also
studied ticket resale marketplaces, game stores and ride-hailing
apps. Overall, the economists said the commissions charged were
similar, though stores generally offered different features for
consumers and developers.
You know you’re in trouble when part of your argument is “Hey, at least we’re better than Ticketmaster.”