02 Feb '11, 2am

Apple blocks Sony's e-book app from its iPhone, as it would have circumvented Apple's content buying system

SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON - APPLE Inc has blocked rival Sony Corp's electronic book application from the iPhone because it would have circumvented Apple's system for buying content. The scrap is the latest in Apple's long history of tense relations with media companies. They have clashed for years over pricing and how music, movies and books are sold on Apple's mobile devices, the iPod, iPhone and iPad. The dust-up, first reported by the New York Times, comes a day before the expected launch of News Corp's The Daily, a subscription digital newspaper designed for tablet computers like the iPad. Sony's app, which is linked to Sony's e-book reader, would have allowed people to read books bought through Sony's store. Sony accused Apple of changing the way it enforces its rules. The e-reader episode highlights what publishers in general see as Apple's rigidity. Richard Stephenson, c...

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