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April 10, 2024

Clarification on alternative music streaming app payment methods and allowing downloads in retro game console emulator apps

Apple has updated their App Store Review Guidelines to clarify how music streaming apps in particular can inform users about alternative payment methods and prices. The updated guidelines also now specify that it’s allowable for retro game console emulator apps to offer to download games.

Apple’s own summary can be found here.

The complete set of changes can be seen below:

  • 3.1 Payments
  • 4.7 Mini apps, mini games, streaming games, chatbots, and plug-ins, and game emulators

    Apps may offer certain software that is not embedded in the binary, specifically HTML5 mini apps, and mini games, streaming games, chatbots, and plug-ins. Additionally, retro game console emulator apps can offer to download games. You are responsible for all such software offered in your app, including ensuring that such software complies with these Guidelines and all applicable laws. Software that does not comply with one or more guidelines will lead to the rejection of your app. You must also ensure that the software adheres to the additional rules that follow in 4.7.1 and 4.7.5. These additional rules are important to preserve the experience that App Store customers expect, and to help ensure user safety.