Originally Posted by Rob55
That's my issue as well. I don't want the print version of the magazine. To me, that's the whole point of having the electronic version. I don't want to have to subscribe to the print version just to have free access to the electronic version. Let me pay some percentage of the print subscription (and in place of it) so I can have access on the iPad.
Apple is the problem here, its wont allow it ATM. Mags and newspapers want to make an APP that will refresh content on the net just like,lets say, the free USA today app. But if they do that, you have one free app to download from the app store then you just need an account to access the content. Do you see Apple making money in this process? No. This is why they need to come up with an "ads" system. imo its going to be iAds goes to Apple and the ads withing the content goes to the content maker.
The problem here is itunes business model is build around pay per view, not a subscription. So they need to come up with a subscription system. Maybe a mag and a newspaper app could be the solution and then you buy "electronic only" subscription from Apple which takes a cut.
They also need to come up with a subscription business model for the upcoming "cloud based" AppleTV.
This is far from being over.