News stand: What is a 1 month subscription?

miamialley

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So, you can buy magazines per issue or get a one year subscription. I get what those are. But what is a one month subscription? What does this permit you to own/read?

For instance:

Consumer Reports one issue is $4.99. One year subscription is $24.99 and a one month subscription is $2.99. What do you get with the one month subscription?
 

ct2k7

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So, you can buy magazines per issue or get a one year subscription. I get what those are. But what is a one month subscription? What does this permit you to own/read?

For instance:

Consumer Reports one issue is $4.99. One year subscription is $24.99 and a one month subscription is $2.99. What do you get with the one month subscription?
You get 1 month's access to the content.
 

miamialley

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You get 1 month's access to the content.
To what content? That months's issue only? All previous months, too? After the month you no longer have access? How is this the case though? I mean, for the one year subscription option you don't lose access after a year. Does anyone have a source for the explanation of subscriptions?
 

ct2k7

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To what content? That months's issue only? All previous months, too? After the month you no longer have access? How is this the case though? I mean, for the one year subscription option you don't lose access after a year. Does anyone have a source for the explanation of subscriptions?
Depends on the app and what content they offer.
 

hexonxonx

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No, He's saying that each magazine will give you access to different things for the 1 month subscription. It's determined by the magazine company and what they want to offer for that amount.
And it could get expensive if you subscribe to several magazines. There is no pay one price to get all magazines.
 

miamialley

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Read what I said. I didn't say I didn't know.
I asked what a one month subscription was. You said it gives you one month of access to content.

Well yeah, I gathered that much.

I asked what content. You say, "it depends."

Alrighty then...
 

hexonxonx

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I asked what a one month subscription was. You said it gives you one month of access to content.

Well yeah, I gathered that much.

I asked what content. You say, "it depends."

Alrighty then...
It depends on what magazine you subscribe to for that month. There is no new stand one month sub that gives you access to everything.
 

astrorider

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So, you can buy magazines per issue or get a one year subscription. I get what those are. But what is a one month subscription? What does this permit you to own/read?

For instance:

Consumer Reports one issue is $4.99. One year subscription is $24.99 and a one month subscription is $2.99. What do you get with the one month subscription?
I haven't looked into Consumer Reports, but based on other Newsstand magazines that I do subscribe I suspect that the one month subscription may be an auto-renewing subscription. Since most people will not cancel their subscription after one month's time, the publisher can offer a discount for subscribing over the single issue cost. You will have access to magazines released during the period you are subscribed to, and when you do cancel your subscription you'll continue to have access to magazines from the period you were subscribed but not to any new magazines released.
 

miamialley

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I haven't looked into Consumer Reports, but based on other Newsstand magazines that I do subscribe I suspect that the one month subscription may be an auto-renewing subscription. Since most people will not cancel their subscription after one month's time, the publisher can offer a discount for subscribing over the single issue cost. You will have access to magazines released during the period you are subscribed to, and when you do cancel your subscription you'll continue to have access to magazines from the period you were subscribed but not to any new magazines released.
I see. So why would anyone buy the issue? Just get the monthly and cancel. iTunes (or the mag itself) should be more transparent about what you get with each option.

This guy's so nice.
Not trying to be a jerk. Just was showing how a couple of responses didn't actually answer anything.
 

ericrwalker

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I see. So why would anyone buy the issue? Just get the monthly and cancel. iTunes (or the mag itself) should be more transparent about what you get with each option.



Not trying to be a jerk. Just was showing how a couple of responses didn't actually answer anything.
I am with you as well, I was confused by some of the answers that were given to you.
 

MVallee

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I think what he is trying to ask is what is the point of a one month subscription if you can buy each issue individually.

Like if you can buy January's issue for $4.99 or subscribe for January with a one month subscription for $2.99, what is the difference other than the price?

I personally do not know but I would assume that the subscription is recurring. If you wanted to subscribe on a trial basis or if you weren't sure if you wanted it for a year, I guess you could subscribe monthly and not have to keep going and buying a single issue each time, which would also cost more money.
 

Arelunde

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I actually bought the iPad2 a while ago to have magazines on it. I was very disappointed with the way the magazine situation works. First of all, digital magazines cost WAAAAYY more than print, even though one would assume they are considerably cheaper to produce (no print and distribution costs).

And, each magazine is different. Some are really great with lots of interactivity; others are (often for the same price) mere copies of the print version. And, then there's the magazine (no names mentioned) where you pay the full-year subscription price and the magazine never processes it, other than to bill you.

There's a lot of potential for this version of media distribution - and I truly think it's the future of print - but it's not there yet.
 
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