Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old May 2, 2011, 09:17 AM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Apple and Time Inc. Reach Deal to Allow Print Subscribers Free iPad Access






The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple and Time Inc. have finally reached a deal to allow subscribers to the print editions of Time's major magazines to access the iPad versions of those magazines free of charge. The deal breaks a months-long impasse that initially focused on paid subscription models but has also included accommodations for print subscribers. The two companies had reached an agreement for People last August, but Time's other titles have remained outside of that agreement until now.
Quote:
Starting Monday, subscribers to Sports Illustrated, Time and Fortune magazines will be able to access the iPad editions via the apps, which will be able to authenticate them as subscribers. Time Inc.'s People magazine already had such an arrangement, but readers of most publications have had to pay separately for the iPad version regardless of their subscriber status.
According to the report, Time and Apple remain in disagreement over plans to offer digital subscriptions to iPad editions. Apple has of course rolled out an in app subscription program in which it collects 30% of all subscription revenue and gives subscribers direct control over whether their information is shared with publishers, and while several newspapers have begun offering content under the program, magazines have been more reluctant to do so.
Quote:
Time Inc. and other major publishers have yet to agree with Apple on terms for selling subscriptions to their iPad editions, the next step beyond making them available to existing print subscribers. Talks are hung up on Apple's resistance to sharing information with publishers about their iPad customers, which publishers say is critical to applying the "TV everywhere" model to magazines.
In the absence of subscription plans, most users are stuck with purchasing single issues of their magazines for the iPad, a much more expensive proposition that has led to weak sales figures for most publications.

Article Link: Apple and Time Inc. Reach Deal to Allow Print Subscribers Free iPad Access
MacRumors is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:20 AM   #2
happydude
macrumors 6502a
 
happydude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: a gasping dying planet
great. now if i just had an ipad . . . or a subscription to any of those magazines . . .
__________________
hi
happydude is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:24 AM   #3
RollTide1017
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Montgomery, AL
Can I subscribe to Sports Illustrated and then tell them to not send the print version? I don't need both but, if the only way to get a subscription to the iPad version is to subscribe to the print, I may just do that. Whish there was away to tell them not to actually mail the print versions to me because it will be a waste, it will hit the trash can the second I bring it into the house.
RollTide1017 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:25 AM   #4
hobo.hopkins
macrumors 6502a
 
hobo.hopkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
This is such good news for the furthering of media content on the iPad.
__________________
Think morality requires religion? Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non-believer. I'm waiting...
hobo.hopkins is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:25 AM   #5
Dreamer2go
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
I wonder if this works with Time Asia (Hong Kong)
coz I am subscribed to that.

I await the next issue about the killing of Bin Laden.
__________________
2012 Retina Macbook Pro: Intel Corei7 2.6Ghz | 16GB RAM | 512GB HD | 1GB Nvidia 650M |
iPhone 5s, iPad Air, Google Nexus 5
Dreamer2go is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:26 AM   #6
Full of Win
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Ask Apple
The fact that needed to be any extensive negotiation speaks volumes. Publishers should be allowed to this, without ANY money-grubbing interference from Apple. This is an issue between the subscriber and the publisher - Apple needs to butt out.
Full of Win is offline   -1 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:26 AM   #7
MrMoore
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Arlington Heights,IL
Nice that I can get Time on the iPad. It would be nice to then be able to stop the print edition.

I did that with MacWorld. I received the print issue, but was able to transfer it to a Zinio subscription.
__________________
MacMini i7 2.3Ghz; iPhone 5S [32GB]; AppleTV (2nd Gen); iPad4 Wi-Fi
MrMoore is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:26 AM   #8
ciTiger
macrumors 6502a
 
ciTiger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Portugal (Porto)
If only I had any subscriptions... You can get a lot in the net for free if you know hwere to look...
__________________
MacBook Pro 13 Early 2010,500GB Scorpio Blue, SSD Intel X-25M 80GB Gen2
iPhone 4 16GB (black)
iPad 2 16GB 3G (black)
Check my iPhone and iPad Apps
ciTiger is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:29 AM   #9
dwd3885
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
this is awesome. Have already had this ability on my Xoom for quite some time with Sports Illustrated. Glad Apple caught up.
dwd3885 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:32 AM   #10
mram
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Why want the print anyway?

Why would anyone want to have both the print and digital editions? Buy either the print or the iPad edition.... If you want the iPad edition, but have print already, cancel your print subscription. I don't even have an iPad, never will because of the radiation, but it's not to hard to make choices, now is it?
mram is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:48 AM   #11
maxap
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by mram View Post
Why would anyone want to have both the print and digital editions? Buy either the print or the iPad edition.... If you want the iPad edition, but have print already, cancel your print subscription. I don't even have an iPad, never will because of the radiation, but it's not to hard to make choices, now is it?
Because of the radiation? Haha, what do you mean?
maxap is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:49 AM   #12
minimac
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: NJ
The Economist allows this now, is there something different about their setup? I also wish Wired would allow the same thing.
minimac is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:54 AM   #13
dscuber9000
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Indiana, US
I've been wanting this to happen for a while! I liked the idea of reading news like a magazine from an iPad, but I didn't like how the only real offer was The Daily that was exclusively iPad. I didn't see the point. Now, if I had an iPad, I would totally read my Time magazine subscription from my iPad.
__________________
MacBook Pro 13" (Mid-2009) 2.26GHz | 320GB, 7200RPM | 4GB RAM
16GB iPhone 4S
dscuber9000 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 09:57 AM   #14
mainstreetmark
macrumors 68020
 
mainstreetmark's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Saint Augustine, FL
Guess what. None of us are important enough for Apple to track. Why does this stuff get to be such a big media deal?
__________________
iTunesRegistry.com <--don't bother, it's dead.
mainstreetmark is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 10:01 AM   #15
Mad Mac Maniac
macrumors 68040
 
Mad Mac Maniac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
Quote:
Originally Posted by maxap View Post
Because of the radiation? Haha, what do you mean?
Haven't you heard?! All the iPad parts come direct from Japan and are now radioactive!! It will either give you superpowers or implode your brain! I'm not taking any chances!
__________________
Now I have a Signature!
Mad Mac Maniac is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 10:09 AM   #16
jjhny
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Blech!

Who wants those lame "coloring book" magazines? It's just proof that those sad magazines are doomed.

On the other hand, I do not want to pay (via Apple) to keep the dinosaur media on life support. The faster the media conglomerates die, the better it is for all of us.
jjhny is offline   -1 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 10:53 AM   #17
Popeye206
macrumors 68020
 
Popeye206's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: NE PA USA
Quote:
Originally Posted by Full of Win View Post
The fact that needed to be any extensive negotiation speaks volumes. Publishers should be allowed to this, without ANY money-grubbing interference from Apple. This is an issue between the subscriber and the publisher - Apple needs to butt out.
LOL! Obviously we don't know the details of what really went on, and it's obvious that Apple is adjusting to help expand the market.

Just because the rules are being defined in this new digital world, doesn't mean everyone is evil. I'm sure everyone is trying to protect their turf and bottom line... we're getting what the market wants.

But of course, again... if you look at it logically from a business side, your constant Apple bashing doesn't hold up.
Popeye206 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 10:54 AM   #18
Popeye206
macrumors 68020
 
Popeye206's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: NE PA USA
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Mac Maniac View Post
Haven't you heard?! All the iPad parts come direct from Japan and are now radioactive!! It will either give you superpowers or implode your brain! I'm not taking any chances!
But now my iPad 2 doubles as a night light as it glows softly on my nightstand.
Popeye206 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 10:55 AM   #19
Popeye206
macrumors 68020
 
Popeye206's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: NE PA USA
Quote:
Originally Posted by dwd3885 View Post
this is awesome. Have already had this ability on my Xoom for quite some time with Sports Illustrated. Glad Apple caught up.
LOL! What's "quite some time"? A Month? Doubt it.
Popeye206 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 10:57 AM   #20
nujjy
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Quote:
Originally Posted by minimac View Post
The Economist allows this now, is there something different about their setup? I also wish Wired would allow the same thing.
Exactly what I was thinking.
How is this such a big deal when existing customers of other print publications are able to view the iPad equivalents free of charge?

Another example is of The Times newspaper in the UK.

All this requires is for print subscribers to be issued a username and password, they download the app and then login with their details.
nujjy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 10:59 AM   #21
maconspace
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
No Nursing Home Picture?

You couldn't find an image of nursing home residents reading a print version of Time? Oh that's right, they only watch Fox News on their iPad.
maconspace is offline   -1 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 11:06 AM   #22
Consultant
macrumors G5
 
Consultant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
I thought the Apple subscription services introduced months ago already allowed existing subscribers to get content for free?

Doesn't seem like Tim "negotiated" anything.
Consultant is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 11:08 AM   #23
Al Coholic
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Under the I-470 Freeway
Stupid-assed publishers. This shouldn't have been an issue to begin with. They just don't get it and insist on being dragged to this new medium kicking and screaming.
Al Coholic is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 11:14 AM   #24
Singin Hobo
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Let's hope Amazon & Audible get this crap worked out before iOS 5... I don't want to go Android
Singin Hobo is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2011, 11:28 AM   #25
rtdunham
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: St. Petersburg, FL, Northern KY
shady

to subscribe online ($30/yr) to the print edition you have to agree to automatic renewal "at the low subscription rate then in effect". You can't know in advance what that auto-renewal rate's going to be. And there's no opt-out option. I went to the site intending to subscribe, chose not to. And if you try to contact customer service to ask how to subscribe without the auto-renewal, you can't: customer service inquiry forms require a subscriber ID

I'm an old guy (65) with a print background (newspaper, magazine and book writer, magazine publisher) so sometimes I like the hard product. But I've got considerable digital experience as well (database publishing since the 80s, some e-access to my magazine's info since the 90s) and would probably have done most of my Time reading on my iPad. It's unfortunate Time still doesn't make it easy to dance with them.
rtdunham is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Free for limited time only (Mid Autumn Festival Promo) iOS-Softstar iPad Apps 0 Sep 9, 2011 12:15 PM
[FREE - iPhone/iPad] AlexPanda HD is now FREE for a limited time! Lakoo iPhone and iPod touch Apps 0 Jun 21, 2011 11:28 PM
Now officially 68 teams - CBS-Turner reach deal to broadcast NCAA tournament. Tilpots Current Events 13 Apr 30, 2010 10:13 AM
Microsoft Corp. and Be Inc. Reach Agreement to Settle Litiga... MacBytes MacBytes.com News Discussion 1 Sep 6, 2003 02:29 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:48 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC