Apple has been dabbling in news with the launch of services such as Apple News, but come 25th of March, the company is expected to launch a new subscription service in the form of a news and magazine subscriptions where for a fixed monthly price, customers can expect to be able to access multiple publications at once.
It sounds like a good idea and one that Texture was attempting before Apple acquired them, but it seems that some publishers aren’t thrilled about it. Speaking to Reuters, the New York Times’ CEO Mark Thompson has actually warned other publishers that they should be wary about joining Apple’s upcoming service.
Thompson said, “We tend to be quite leery about the idea of almost habituating people to find our journalism somewhere else. We’re also generically worried about our journalism being scrambled in a kind of Magimix (blender) with everyone else’s journalism.” He adds, “If I was an American broadcast network, I would have thought twice about giving all of my library to Netflix.”
This comes on the heels of a previous report which claims that The Wall Street Journal could be part of Apple’s subscription service, but others such as The Washington Post and the New York Times won’t. From a business perspective Thompson might have a point, but we’ll have to wait and see how the overall response turns out.
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