Google Unveils Answer to Apple App Store

One Pass gives publishers bigger cut of revenues
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 17, 2011 9:14 AM CST

(Newser) – A day after Apple showed off its content subscription service, Google has revealed details of its own. Called One Pass, the service will give publishers a bigger piece of the revenue pie: While Apple will take a 30% cut on sales from iTunes App Store subscriptions, Google wants just 10%. Consumers can use a single One Pass account to buy access to a variety of publications, on both the Web and mobile devices, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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“The publisher is the merchant of record,” said Google boss Eric Schmidt. “We don't prevent you from knowing, if you're a publisher, who your customers are, like some other people”—meaning Apple—do. Google’s goal is “for publishers to make all the money,” he noted, saying that his company's 10% cut "roughly covers our costs." Apple has said its 30% is fair since it’s helping publishers get new subscribers. (Read more Google stories.)

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