Wasn't really sure what to call this question, sorry.
We have a potential client who wants to convert their existing magazines (about 4 a year) into iPad. Problem is they want to extend free subscriptions to their existing print subscribers. Is this feasible without the Enterprise Edition? It's not a huge number (c.250) so it could be done manually if necessary.
Also, they want to access data about who's subscribing through the iPad. If memory serves me right, that's not allowable by Apple is it?
I don't believe this is possible without the Enterprise edition. My understanding is that Apple allows publishers to give out free codes for retail apps but not for in-app purchases.
Apple provides only general numbers about subscriptions, but they don't provide any data about individual subscribers (such as gender, age, profession, etc.)
Thanks Bob. That's what I thought. Is there somewhere I can get more detailed information regarding the DPS's handling of subscription systems? I see on iTunes Connect that it's possible to offer subscriptions outside of the app. Is that possible with DPS?
If you want to enable existing subscribers to download the magazines for free, you'll need to connect your app to the publisher's subscription database using the Adobe DPS Entitlements API. I'm quite sure that requires Enterprise access to DPS.
If a customer buys an Auto-Renewable Apple subscription in the app using an In App Purchase, Apple presents them with an opt-in popup asking if they want to share their information with the publisher as well. If they do, that data will end up in Apple's iTunes Connect reporting. It's hidden quite well, but http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7228019/auto-renewable-subscription -how-to-get-the-user-client-email-address-and-zip contains a link to the pdf which explains how to get it. The data you'll get is: first name, last name, email and postal code. I wouldn't expect too many people to opt-in though.