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Publishers Chafe at Apple’s Terms for Subscription News Service

Publishers Chafe at Apple’s Terms for Subscription News Service

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  • It's hard to believe how little apple has learned about the media business since trying to disrupt television before the launch of the iPad. Only the truly desperate will agree to these terms. And no sharing of data is a death sentence.

  • I’m making an exception to my rule about not commenting on articles I haven’t read, because in this case it illustrates a point. I subscribe to the New York Times and several magazines, periodically adding to or trimming subscriptions. It is not possible for a well-read person to subscribe to every source

    I’m making an exception to my rule about not commenting on articles I haven’t read, because in this case it illustrates a point. I subscribe to the New York Times and several magazines, periodically adding to or trimming subscriptions. It is not possible for a well-read person to subscribe to every source that has a good article (e.g., I don’t currently have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal, so can’t read this article about Apple’s news service), and I do think creators should be paid fairly for content. Some form of aggregation and payments other than subscriptions is likely necessary in the future. Whether it’s Apple or someone else who provides it, terms need to work for creators, consumers and distributors; 50% of revenue and no analytics doesn’t seem, on the surface, fair to creators. Spotify and other streaming services’ economics don’t appear to be good for most creators (or the companies themselves), so that might not be a good model. And it appears Facebook and Google haven’t been great for creators, either.

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  • Publishers have already lost out on ad revenue to Google and Facebook and now Apple is banking on them giving away half of their user subscription revenue … and user data. At this point, you probably wouldn't be wrong thinking publishers do deserve all the pain if they keep feeding the machine.

  • The comparison here drips of irony. Netflix has prioritized the creation of their own, and branded content to increase margins, while removing Blockbuster movies and TV shows from their catalogue. Same story, different channel?

  • If these companies could do the one thing they were intended to do: distribute information - then they wouldn’t need Apple. To many old world companies trying to exert old world power, without any real world power.

  • If Apple is serious about this space, then they need to own the content. What happened to the rumours of them buying Conde Nast? That would be a great move, and would give them a huge stable of content that would probably get them 80% of what they need to make people pay $10 a month.

  • Bundling media products for convenience is obviously worth billions — many people want it, even if the consumer complains about the price as well.

    Hey publishers, the flip side of not having Apple to make the sale is that you will all be fighting for the credit card of one news consuming person, and

    Bundling media products for convenience is obviously worth billions — many people want it, even if the consumer complains about the price as well.

    Hey publishers, the flip side of not having Apple to make the sale is that you will all be fighting for the credit card of one news consuming person, and they’re not going to take it out very often.

    However that’s a huge cut, the infrastructure is already built. And the data is needed to understand audiences. But if you can’t see what else they like, or target stories to them, that’s hardly useful. From my own research and projects, most publishers don’t have any idea who their readership is, and the writers aren’t connected to the income (ad sales guys). A lot to learn on all sides.

  • This sort of thing is why Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti’s whole idea of combining five or more major digital publishers under a holding company or into a cartel makes some sense.

    50% seems too high, what’s wrong with the 30% (15% on subscriptions after month 13) App Store cut?

  • With so many news providers, consumers need a platform that will separate the wheat from the chaff and provide ala carte news consumption based subject or category. Apple's history of nickel-and-diming consumers, make it the last company I'd trust to be a honest broker for news content. I'll just stick

    With so many news providers, consumers need a platform that will separate the wheat from the chaff and provide ala carte news consumption based subject or category. Apple's history of nickel-and-diming consumers, make it the last company I'd trust to be a honest broker for news content. I'll just stick to my Smart News app & wait to see what happens when Amazon eventually acquires it.