Jobs says software as a service is safe from subs

In one of his infrequent and always succinct replies to a user email inquiry, recuperating Apple supremo Steve Jobs appears to have allayed fears that Software as a Service (SaaS) providers would attract the company's Subscription Tax.

Since Apple announced that it would be taking a 30 per cent skim off of all payments made for updated content purchased through iTunes, companies which provide subscription-based software titles have been wondering if they would also have to give up 30 per cent of their potential income.

One such developer fired Jobs an email expressing those concerns as follows, according to Mac Rumours:

Hello Steve,

The Apple CEO's short reply seems to suggest otherwise:

We created subscriptions for publishing apps, not SaaS apps.

It's not official Apple policy as yet but, as we all know, what Steve says usually goes.