Twitter Blue Relaunches With a Higher Price for App Store Users

Ashley Capoot, reporting for CNBC:

Twitter relaunched its updated Twitter Blue subscription service Monday after the company’s new owner Elon Musk pulled and delayed the launch in November.

The service costs $8 a month for web users and $11 a month for iOS users who purchase it through Apple’s App Store. The $3 iOS price difference reflects Musk’s recent gripes about Apple’s 30% cut of all digital sales made through apps.

If I recall correctly, in the early years of the App Store, Apple had a rule that developers couldn’t charge more through the App Store than they do via the web. That was a long time ago, though. This feels like the best and easiest way to deal with Apple’s App Store commission.

See also: Twitter’s updated product page describing the features of Twitter Blue. I’ve been happily paying for it ever since it launched for the Top Articles feature alone. Remember Nuzzel? Twitter Blue’s Top Articles feature is basically Nuzzel, but built into Twitter’s own app.

Monday, 12 December 2022