This must-read editorial by Jake Shapiro, the CEO of PRX, (the company behind the popular This American Life iPhone and Public Radio Player apps, argues that Apple’s policy barring solicitation of donations by nonprofit groups is a cop-out and blocks a major revenue stream for public radion (and other nonprofits)—whose content enhances the value of Apple’s devices.
His analysis takes us through Apple’s excuses for their policy of prohibiting donations and points out why they are just excuses, not real reasons. He examines possible solutions to the problem – like in-app donations – which unfortunately would mean that Apple would take a 30% cut! Finally, he examines Apple’s lack of generosity as a failure of being a good corporate citizen. Jake suggests that given Apple’s hardball stance with tech partners, nonprofits and public media would have a slim chance of reversing the decision.
Jake suggests that the question be posed directly to Steve Jobs: “Where’s your genius when it comes to supporting nonprofits?”
He does point out that not of these challenges apply to the Android.
Update: See also Uncultured’s “Does Steve Jobs Care About Extreme Global Poverty?”