The New York Times Announces Closure of News Curation App 'NYT Now'

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The New York Times has announced that its curated news app, NYT Now [Direct Link], will officially shut down and no longer be available to download from the week of August 29. The app was originally announced in early 2014 as a way to provide readers with a cheaper alternative to the digital subscription service offered by the company, coming in at $8 per month, "roughly half the price of the least expensive digital subscription."

NYT Now was said to be an attempt by the New York Times to offset dips in revenue from its traditional printed newspaper circulation. The goal was to present a less expensive subscription model, with news focused and curated for each specific user, and attract people who might not otherwise subscribe due to the ease-of-access inherent in mobile apps. Unfortunately, "the app never quite took off," and NYT Now transitioned to a freemium model last year in an attempt to expand its audience.

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Kinsey Wilson, the executive vice president for product and technology, said the decision to do away with NYT Now was driven in part by a shift in how the company thinks about broadening its audience. The Times, with the help of its audience development team, now looks more to third-party platforms like Facebook and Twitter to expand its reach among younger readers.

“That gave us a different ability to tap into younger audiences and to provide exposure to a much, much wider audience,” Mr. Wilson said.

The app was said to have peaked in May 2015 with 334,000 total unique users in one month but, in the last three months, it only managed to acquire 257,000 total unique users. Many of NYT Now's features will be folded into the company's main mobile app, NYTimes [Direct Link], "including morning and evening news briefings, bullet-point lists and a more conversational tone."

The editors of NYT Now have written a brief note about the app's shuttering, including the specific locations users can find its various features in other apps. For readers who keep the NYT Now app on their iOS or Android device, it will officially cease being updated in September.

Apps like Apple News, which offer users a wide breadth of news stories from an expansive list of various publishers, are also likely to contribute to a slight loss of subscribers for single-publisher apps. Apple News is even getting a feature in iOS 10 that will support paid subscription models from sites like The Wall Street Journal, curating premium content right alongside free stories from other publishers.

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55 months ago
Maybe I'm the only one, but I am NOT a fan of having a zillion apps from the same source all doing different things. If a news source wants to keep me as a subscriber, they need to make accessing the news simple and streamlined. Ready access through the news aggregators (Apple News, Flipboard, etc.) and one dedicated app, with the sections I want. That's it!

NY Times currently has 9 iPhone apps and 5 iPad apps ('https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/the-new-york-times-company/id284862086'), all for content that could probably be served just fine from their main app. Most people, I think, are just just going to install ONE app and call it a day, and anything else will be garnering niches and small numbers at best. So there really shouldn't be any surprise here.
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55 months ago

Fortunately I do not need any NYTimes apps. I try really hard to limit my exposure to propaganda. While the Times does occasionally have an honest and truthful news story, most times they just repeat political dogma, bias, and propaganda. It will not hurt my feelings if they go bankrupt. Anytime where one political party can do no harm and the other political party can do no right, is the time that know you are reading propaganda. If you pay attention you know that both parties are harming most middle class and lower. No different than the news in a country ruled by a 2-bit dictator.

Let me guess, Fox News is only honest news channel. lol
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55 months ago
I actually like Apple News. It's a good clean model. You choose only the news channels you want (e.g. NYT, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Reuters, ESPN, etc).
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55 months ago

People still read the New York Times?

lol wut

NYT is one of the last remaining sources of serious journalism. For example, the entire latest issue of NYT Magazine, which was devoted to the unraveling of the Middle East.
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55 months ago
'NYT Now' now 'NYT Then'.
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55 months ago

Fortunately I do not need any NYTimes apps. I try really hard to limit my exposure to propaganda. While the Times does occasionally have an honest and truthful news story, most times they just repeat political dogma, bias, and propaganda. It will not hurt my feelings if they go bankrupt. Anytime where one political party can do no harm and the other political party can do no right, is the time that know you are reading propaganda. If you pay attention you know that both parties are harming most middle class and lower. No different than the news in a country ruled by a 2-bit dictator.

What a great response and way to live! It always feels encouraging reading common sense.
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