Education needs to be prepared for Apple to clean up the licensing issue and not in a fashion that benefits schools. While the licensing issue always seemed to contradict traditional licensing agreements, the result was very beneficial for schools and I had hoped that Apple was purposely overlooking the issue. I am not as convinced today that is the case. Basically, plan on your school paying more moving forward:
- Schools have been reading the license from Apple to mean that they can distribute any app purchased through one school account to be synced with as many devices as they have as long as they are distributing them through that one school account. Was this in fact the understanding that schools could take?
- If this is not the case anymore, are schools currently in violation?
- By the way, is this licensing issue a new issue?
- Did you notice the change in Terms of Service so that it says 5 devices and not 5 computers?
(iv) You shall be able to store Products on five iTunes-authorized devices at any time.
- Are people scared off or at least confused enough by the issue enough to not want to implement these devices in their schools?
- I have to be honest, I don't know how to successfully pay multiple times for a single app beyond having one account for each device? Is there a way? Do you do this buy clicking the pay and re-download button each time? It doesn't appear to work for me?
New questions as a result:
- How can you start a school "owned" iPad or iPod Touch initiative without having the licensing agreement and syncing issue cleaned up?
- What are schools to do now if they are not in compliance with the Terms of Service?
- Does Apple have a clear understanding as an organization themselves of their own Terms of Service? What has your Apple representative told you? My experience has been that they are not sure themselves and I have personally been given very contradictory information.
- Can't we get a definitive statement from Apple? If schools are not in compliance, how can we be? What can we do to pay properly?
- Is there a "new" system for distributing and controlling these devices on the way? In my opinion, the greatest challenge that education faces with these devices is successful management of the devices themselves.
Peronsally, I have become more and more a believer in Apple's devices but there are still more questions than answers at this time. As I do wonder, "Is this issue finally coming to a head to placate "textbook" companies and other major educational companies?" Now that so many school districts are looking at these devices as their tool of choice, did the problem simply creep up on Apple or has this been an issue that has been willing to be overlooked until these devices took a firm foothold within the education market. Hmm... I just wonder ... One last question, do you think this is any clearer in the Android App market?
I do hope that our educational community can really come together and voice an opinion on the matter. Can we somehow create one "voice" and one "message" for Apple to hear?