We used to love RSS. Quick news bites for our on-the-go lives. Then we added more feeds -- because, hey, that's a cool site, and that one and that one -- until our RSS readers became just more unwieldy lists we had to trudge through, like to-do's and email. The bare bones articles, presented in stripped down interface, gave us little to look forward to and virtually nothing to look at. We began to hate RSS.
It looks like Apple has their first high-profile newspaper subscription since the launch of The Daily, with The New York Times switching their apps to a paid model effective March 28, complete with the option to subscribe via in-app purchase and presumably give Apple their 30 percent slice of the pie.
The ink has barely dried on Apple's new App Store subscription feature, one that will allow for magazines, newspapers and other publishers to off varying length subscriptions to users of iOS devices. However, according to various law professors, the new policy has the potential to catch some antitrust flack.
The most striking thing about reading an issue of The Daily is how much it doesn’t feel like a newspaper. But that’s not necessarily a good thing.
In a time when most traditional newspaper publishers are cutting staff and trimming costs to stay in the black, The Daily represents more than just a potential revenue stream -- it’s a reboot of the whole industry. And as one of those fortunate enough to still have a job in said industry, I’ve hung on The Daily’s every word, hoping it would be every bit as revolutionary as the device it’s made for.
It seems like an eternity since we first heard whisperings of The Daily, the iPad-only publication from News Corp. launched Wednesday. The pet project of none other than Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, the publishing titan was joined on stage by Apple’s vice president of Internet Services, Eddy Cue as well as editorial staff to unveil the new app to the press.
A lot of scuttlebutt has been spread across the interwebz this past month concerning The Daily--an iPad-only daily news application from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp that print journalism types everywhere are hoping will breathe fresh life into their dying industry. For a long time now, rumor has had it that The Daily would launch on January 17th. Forbes magazine has been good enough to update that rumor, bumping The Daily's release date back to January 19th.
How excited would you be if you received a memo from your CEO effectively gifting you an iPad this holiday season? For the 1,800 staff members of newspaper Financial Times, it was indeed a dream come true.