Starting in January, Google will begin charging businesses for using the Google Maps link on their websites.
According to Apple Insider, the company says the charge will only affect .35% of users as websites won’t be charged until they get 25,000 Google Maps clicks in one 24-hour period. After they’ve reached this quota, businesses will be charged $4 per 1,000 clicks according to BBC News.
BBC News also reports that Thor Mitchell, product manager of the Maps API at Google, said that Google is aware that these changes may be "concerning" to businesses who rely on Google Maps, but that they are necessary in order to "secure its long-term future by ensuring that even when used by the highest-volume for-profit sites, the service remains viable."
Apple Insider writes that Apple is one of the companies that relies heavily on Google to provide mapping information for their devices. The iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad all use Google’s Street View content in their native mapping applications. However, Apple may be getting out of the Google Maps game for good in the not too distant future. Apple Insider dishes that Apple is reportedly working on their own mapping application.