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Apple Planning Newspaper Subscription Service

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 15 comments

Apple has already taken on the cable TV industry with streaming service to provide users with the latest TV episodes and movies. However, it seems the Cupertino-based company is also interested in entering the newspaper subscription business.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Apple will soon give the print media industry a helping hand by offering subscriptions via its iPad tablet. Mercury News cites industry sources that say Apple has agreed to provide an opt-in function for subscribers that would allow Apple to share subscribers' information with publishers. Publishers could use this information to collect data vital to attracting advertisers.

Mercury News also spoke to Roger Fidler, head of digital publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo., who said Apple could take a 30 percent cut of all subscriptions sold through the App Store, and as much as 40 percent of the advertising revenue from publications' apps.

Several smaller newspapers and magazines already have iPad applications and provide users with content using a subscription model. It's not clear if Apple's service would include magazine subscriptions.

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    jimmysmitty , September 16, 2010 10:13 PM
    iNews:

    "Todays Headlines:

    -You are actually paying for the same thing you can find for free, loser

    -You are paying more than you need to for a PC

    -You are Reading it wrong.

    -Steve Jobs"
  • 13 Hide
    winner4455 , September 16, 2010 10:22 PM
    Shadow703793Why would you subscribe to a payed news service?!?!? There is plenty of free news sources on the Interwebs...


    It is iNews... Even if it's the same thing for a higher price, it's obviously revolutionary.


    Duh.
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    Shadow703793 , September 16, 2010 10:11 PM
    Why would you subscribe to a payed news service?!?!? There is plenty of free news sources on the Interwebs...
  • 15 Hide
    jimmysmitty , September 16, 2010 10:13 PM
    iNews:

    "Todays Headlines:

    -You are actually paying for the same thing you can find for free, loser

    -You are paying more than you need to for a PC

    -You are Reading it wrong.

    -Steve Jobs"
  • 13 Hide
    winner4455 , September 16, 2010 10:22 PM
    Shadow703793Why would you subscribe to a payed news service?!?!? There is plenty of free news sources on the Interwebs...


    It is iNews... Even if it's the same thing for a higher price, it's obviously revolutionary.


    Duh.
  • 9 Hide
    aznguy0028 , September 16, 2010 11:05 PM
    Shadow703793Why would you subscribe to a payed news service?!?!? There is plenty of free news sources on the Interwebs...

    It's all about the Apple "experience". ;) 
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    skykaptain , September 16, 2010 11:47 PM
    Shadow703793Why would you subscribe to a payed news service?!?!? There is plenty of free news sources on the Interwebs...


    It's called the paper, some of still like to read hard copies instead of computer screens.
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    bebangs , September 17, 2010 2:02 AM
    I can't believe we're paying for something that we cat get on web for free. If you ask me, everybody on this subscrip
    tion is a giant sucker.
  • 3 Hide
    otacon72 , September 17, 2010 3:22 AM
    bebangsI can't believe we're paying for something that we cat get on web for free. If you ask me, everybody on this subscription is a giant sucker.


    Apple will keep finding new ways to milk every penny out of it's sheep. The funboys will of course buy it just because Apple says it's a good product.
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    okibrian , September 17, 2010 5:58 AM
    skykaptainIt's called the paper, some of still like to read hard copies instead of computer screens.

    And reading it on an iPad is not a computer screen?? I think Shadow was not putting down the regular news paper service, just a paid for digital form that you could get for free else where online.
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    braneman , September 17, 2010 6:32 AM
    I like a hardcopy newspaper, but this does seem like something somebody who buys apple products would get.
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    Rab1d-BDGR , September 17, 2010 9:15 AM
    Of course if folks like $teve Job$ and Rup€rt Murdo¢h got their way, you'd have to "subscribe" to everything on the internet. This is why I worry about net neutrality, so long as these losers are behind a paywall we can just ignore them, but if media companies start paying for traffic shaping for "premium content" this could have extremely undesirable effects for everyone else.
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2010 12:53 PM
    Newspapers still have validity. Sure, there are plenty of free online sources, but how many of those free sources are required to ensure that their information is true????????????????????????????????????

    That's why newspapers will be around for a while. They can not just come up with BS and publish it as fact.
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    eddieroolz , September 17, 2010 3:12 PM
    I don't understand...

    Open Safari
    Hit address bar
    Type in www.nytimes.com
    Enter
    Wait

    News in 4 simple steps.
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    roofus , September 17, 2010 3:47 PM
    That is great news for those who have the need to advertise their douchebaggery where electronic devices are prohibited.
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    Vladislaus , September 17, 2010 4:07 PM
    bdreyerNewspapers still have validity. Sure, there are plenty of free online sources, but how many of those free sources are required to ensure that their information is true????????????????????????????????????That's why newspapers will be around for a while. They can not just come up with BS and publish it as fact.

    LOL like newspapers many times don't publish BS as facts.
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    flacoman3 , September 21, 2010 10:22 PM
    AnonymousNewspapers still have validity. Sure, there are plenty of free online sources, but how many of those free sources are required to ensure that their information is true????????????????????????????????????That's why newspapers will be around for a while. They can not just come up with BS and publish it as fact.

    lol because it's in print, it's true
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