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Apple News Subscription Service Could Launch as Early as Spring 2019

Earlier this year, Apple acquired digital magazine subscription service Texture and confirmed that it will be integrated into Apple News. And in April, it was reported that Apple plans to offer a Texture-based subscription news service with unlimited access to select newspapers and magazines for a monthly price.

Texture

Now, Bloomberg News reports that the Apple News subscription service could be introduced as early as spring 2019. As we heard back in September, Apple is said to have held talks with major newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post about joining the service.

Texture offers unlimited access to around 200 digital magazines for $9.99 per month in the United States, including People, Vogue, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, GQ, Sports Illustrated, Wired, Maxim, Men's Health, GQ, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN The Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly.

Apple's subscription news service is expected to be a "premium product," but the report claims that some publishing industry executives fear the service could steal some of their subscribers, especially if it is affordably priced. Apple's services chief Eddy Cue has reportedly met with some publishers to alleviate these concerns.

On the other hand, Apple News could be a lifeline for the industry. A subscription service would instantly reach hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads, providing publications with exposure that would be very hard to achieve on their own.

2019 is shaping up to be the year of Apple subscription services. Apple is widely rumored to introduce a Netflix-like streaming video service next year, with over a dozen TV shows and movies already lined up with stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell — although this one might be free.

Apple has held a special event in March in three of the past four years, so perhaps we'll hear more about these services in around three months from now.



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6 weeks ago
No thanks.
Rating: 15 Votes
6 weeks ago
How about expanding the News app to more than a few countries given that it's launched over 3 years ago.
Rating: 12 Votes
6 weeks ago
No **way**

Not paying for Tim's "curation", havent been even remotely impressed.
Rating: 11 Votes
6 weeks ago
The internet & streaming services are subscription-ing me to death. Between TV, music, various news sources, cloud storage, password managers, Amazon Prime, audio book services, & probably more I can’t remember that get billed every month, the internet has become an expensive playground. Not to mention the $1300 iPhone, the iPad, & Mac to get connected to it all.
Rating: 9 Votes
6 weeks ago
I don’t even use the free news Apple app..

It’s been deleted a long time ago.
Rating: 6 Votes
6 weeks ago

The internet & streaming services are subscription-ing me to death. Between TV, music, various news sources, cloud storage, password managers, Amazon Prime, audio book services, & probably more I can’t remember that get billed every month, the internet has become an expensive playground. Not to mention the $1300 iPhone, the iPad, & Mac to get connected to it all.


It really is ridiculous how everything is a subscription. I saw that Transmit - the classic FTP app, is now a subscription model on the Mac App Store. I can't fathom subscribing to an FTP client.

I have held out on subscribing to apps for as long as possible, but it's getting more difficult as time goes on.
Rating: 5 Votes
6 weeks ago
All we need is more Apple curation.
Rating: 4 Votes
6 weeks ago
I don't see the major players (WSJ, WP, NYT, The Economist, Financial Times, etc.) joining in any meaningful way.

A digital subscription to the WSJ is regularly $40 per month by itself. You can get it for a little less if you call and threaten to cancel, but nowhere near what Apple is likely to charge for their entire package.

WP is $10 per month but I get it for $4 because I'm a Prime member. Remember Jeff Bezos owns the WP. It has journalistic independence, but they do run complimentary financial deals. I doubt Jeff is going to license much content to Apple at the rates Apple is going to pay.

You just can't compare services like those with the magazines that were offered through Texture. In many cases I could get an entire year's subscription to a magazine for less than $15 and frequently for under $10. They were bleeding money and needed to do something just to stay alive.

I think unlimited access to content for some of the content creators would hurt a lot more than it helps. You will probably see a limited number of major stories that are already being distributed widely across the internet, very similar to how it is already done through the News app.
Rating: 3 Votes
6 weeks ago
Yet another subscription? There isn't enough money in the world.
Rating: 3 Votes
6 weeks ago
Why subscribe to news when almost all of it is free somewhere else online?
Rating: 2 Votes

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