InnerFideliBits: Sonic Electronix VIP Program; Not Alone Emergency Service; Safe+Sound Bone Conduction Headphones; FTC Assessing Legality of App Store 30% Cut

Hi! Welcome back to InnerFideliBits, our bi-weekly headphone news column! In this edition, Sonic Electronix starts a loyalty VIP program, Not Alone and Safe+Sound help keep you safe, and the FTC considers the legality of the App Store's 30% cut!


Industry News: Sonic Electronix VIP Program

Sonic Electronix is one of a few large distributors of personal audio products. Now they have opened up a VIP program for those who frequently purchase from their extensive catalog. The program gives 10% in rewards, offers free 2-day shipping, extended warranties, and extended return periods.

For more info, check out the Head-Fi announcement page.


Safety News: Not Alone Emergency Service

Swedish high school students have developed a discrete method for informing emergency services when you feel unsafe. The Not Alone service contacts authorities when headphones are yanked out of the socket. Other emergency contact methods are more obvious and may provoke attackers. The ubiquity of headphones makes this method much more subtle.

Check out the full psfk article for more detailed information.

Safety News: Safe+Sound Bone Conduction Headphone

Pedestrian awareness while wearing headphones is a serious safety issue. Royal College of Art graduate Gemma Roper hopes to make this less of an issue by reducing the amount of actual obstruction to the eardrum. Her solution was to design a simple clip-on bone conduction headphone that would allow cyclists to jam out while still having awareness of their surroundings.

For more information, check out the full Dezeen article.


Streaming News: FTC Evaluating App Store Fee Legality

The FTC may look into the legality of the App Store's 30% cut of each app sale, in the context of Apple's new Apple Music Streaming Service. The App Store takes a 30% cut of each app sale. This, of course, does not apply to Apple's own Apple Music service. The FTC has begun to question the legality of other streaming services such as Spotify and Tidal having to compensate for this cut, while Apple does not. Spotify is essentially forced to pass this cost on to the customer and thus charge $12.99 for a monthly subscription through the app store, compared to Apple's $10 a month. How this will affect the cost associated with streaming subscriptions acquired through the App Store remains to be seen.

For more details, check out the full MacWorld Article.


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