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Doc apple Calculating status...
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Sep 16, 2012 10:10 AM

Why is the South African Apple store so restricted? If we are buying Apple products Apple.com should make available all apps, music and other products. We are not able to use our Apple hardware effectively!

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  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,875 points)
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    Sep 16, 2012 12:22 PM (in response to Doc apple)

    It is the app and music publishers that place this restriction on where Apple can sell things.

  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,875 points)
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    Sep 16, 2012 7:46 PM (in response to Doc apple)

    Send feedback to the makers/publishers or move to a different country. That's about it.

  • thyondesign Calculating status...
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    Oct 4, 2012 8:28 AM (in response to laundry bleach)

    In the case of games, it is only Apple that is placing restrictions on developers by simply removing the category here in South Africa, even though we have games from all other sources.

  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,875 points)
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    Oct 4, 2012 9:12 AM (in response to thyondesign)

    Sorry, but I can't see how Apple would profit from depriving you from games. The category is removed because no game developers want to sell via the app store there. There may be copyright issues involved as well.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Oct 4, 2012 9:23 AM (in response to thyondesign)

    This has been extensively discussed elsewhere. Apple are not fools and would not deny themselves revenue without a good reason. What that reason might be that is blocking them from releasing games in the SA iTunes Store has not been stated, but there's certainly a good reason, be it legal, fiscal, or some combination.

     

    Nothing else can be said on the matter.

  • Vivbud Calculating status...
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    Mar 20, 2013 7:39 AM (in response to Doc apple)

    So what you are saying is that Rovio allow the sale of Angry Birds to Android in South Africa and not Apple in South Africa. This is not tru. The za store is independantly owned and the owners do not buy all the Apps for resale here in SA>

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,860 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 8:21 AM (in response to Vivbud)

    Are you honestly saying that Apple has decided they have enough money and on their own decided the don't want any money from South Africans?

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 8:28 AM (in response to Vivbud)

    Vivbud wrote:

     

    The za store is independantly owned and the owners do not buy all the Apps for resale here in SA>

     

    That is incorrect. The SA iTunes Store is not independently owned.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 9:08 AM (in response to varjak paw)

    Update: another poster from South Africa said this:

     

    The local FPB is in final discussions how to create a rating validation, so Apple's age/violence ratings can be mapped. Once Apple Luxemborg and the FPB have agreed, they will open the games category finally. Now that we finally have music, limited movies (also FPB approved), we will likely get the games category soon. Keep posting and hoping. Now let's focus on TV, Books for South Africa next, as they are still missing.

     

    I cannot vouch for the accuracy of that statement.

  • Vivbud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 9:09 AM (in response to varjak paw)

    Really. So then Apple (perhaps you work for them) find it fine to take money for harware and limit its use by providing a pathetic App Store.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 9:12 AM (in response to Vivbud)

    No, I do not work for Apple. If you find the App Store pathetic, you are free to go buy some other device and patronize whatever store sells apps for that product. Continuing to whine here accomplishes nothing.

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,860 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 9:12 AM (in response to Vivbud)

    None of us work for them. I had also heard that the problem was with the South African censorship board, rating board, whatever it is that was the holdup as described in the post above.

  • Vivbud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 9:14 AM (in response to deggie)

    No what I am honestly saying is that economically it does not make sense for Apple to limit what is available on the App Store, other than if they do not control the situation!

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