• Apple's Subscription Bait And Switch

    When Apple announced back in February that The Daily would be the first subscription news app on iTunes, it was seen by other publishers as the model going forward. Some like it, some don’t, but at least Apple knows how it wants to treat subscriptions going forward. Or does it? Some subscription news apps seem to be in limbo right now while Apple figures out how to handle special… Read More

  • The Real Victims In Apple's Subscription Model: Middlemen

    The inimitable John Gruber takes a cold, hard look at Apple’s 70/30 split when it comes to iOS subscriptions and comes away unimpressed by the whiners who claim the fee is onerous. The fact is, the App Store is an all-or-nothing affair. You play by Apple’s rules or you stick to web apps through Mobile Safari. This alternative is no different for periodical publishers than it was… Read More

  • Despite Pushback From Pubs, Apple Will Make iTunes Subscription Billing Mandatory

    Despite Pushback From Pubs, Apple Will Make iTunes Subscription Billing Mandatory

    When Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily launched last week, Apple’s VP Eddy Cue got on stage to announce one-click subscriptions for iPad publications through iTunes. The Daily already has the one-click billing option as a feature, and Cue promised it would be made available to other iPad newspaers and magazines soon. Cue then started to make the rounds of print media companies in New… Read More

  • Pew Shows 65% Of People Pay For Digital Content; Mostly Music, Software, And Mobile Apps

    The Pew Internet organization put out results of a survey on how many people pay for digital content online. The study found that 65 percent of people online have paid to download some form of digital content or for a subscription to a digital media service. The survey excluded physical goods bought online and was focussed only on digital content such as music, software, news, and other… Read More

  • Speculate! Could Guitar Hero offer some sort of song subscription model?

    So here’s a juicy little tidbit concerning Guitar Hero. The CEO of Activision Publishing, Mike Griffith, said yesterday at an analysts’ pow-wow that the company is considering different ways of cranking more money out of the plastic guitar game. Big surprise there, of course. Quoth the CEO: Looking even further out, we’re exploring new models, like an annual pass… Read More