Vox Signs on to Join Apple's News Subscription Service for Future Paid Tiers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has inked a deal with Vox for Vox to become a part of its upcoming subscription service that will be available in Apple News, reports Bloomberg.

    Vox is owned by Vox Media, which also owns the Verge, Recode, Eater, and SB Nation, but Apple's deal is only for the Vox site for now. Vox does not have a subscription offering at the current time, but Vox CEO Jim Bankoff recently said that paid subscriptions would be added to the Vox site later this year.

    Apple News subscribers who sign up for Apple's paid service, set to be called Apple News Magazines, will be able to access a variety of magazines and paywalled news from participating publishers.

    Rumors have suggested Apple plans to charge around $9.99 for the service, with the Cupertino company keeping 50 percent of the fee while splitting the rest of the fee among publishers.

    The Wall Street Journal and many magazine publishers have signed up to participate, but other news sites like the Washington Post and The New York Times have declined.

    Apple plans to unveil its new Apple News Magazine service at an event that will take place at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on March 25.

    Article Link: Vox Signs on to Join Apple's News Subscription Service for Future Paid Tiers
  2. bwillwall macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2009
  3. DoogH, Mar 21, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2019

    DoogH macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2011
    Woohoo! I'm in. They have such in depth and analytical coverage. A great example of the way media should be.
  4. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
    the verge is wanna be journalism. This is why nyt doesn’t want any part of it. They don’t want mixed in with the idiot bloggers.
  5. timborama macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2011
  6. mrr macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2008
    I love eater.com. I can’t eat without it!

    If I read between the lines, eater.com which is free now, might be headed for a paywall. If so, then i might have more incentive to subscribe.
  7. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Moving free content behind a paywall and making the current free version of the News app almost useless is not the right approach to this. But knowing Apple, that's probably exactly what will happen.
  8. btrach144 macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2015
    Why would I want to pay for news in 2019? Even more important, why would I want to pay for Vox?
  9. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    Paying for garbage that’s free today. Genius. :apple:
  10. LizKat macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    Just because Vox does publish with a slant doesn't mean they don't publish facts on which they base opinions. Punishing Vox for having an editorial slant is like punishing the WSJ for having an editorial slant. What's the point? Neither one of them is a fact-free zone.

    Not to detract from discussion of Vox and its prospects with a future paid tier, but what will be interesting to me to see over time is how the WSJ changes up its new subscriber promotions outside of what it does with Apple news. Same with Bloomberg if they ever go Apple News. Once in awhile you can catch Bloomberg now offering a better temporary promo rate to a former subscriber than they offer in their banner ads hoping to get a new subscriber... as usual though, it pays to look at the fine print. So far of course I've been a direct subscriber to my news sources but I'll be keeping an eye out for how direct subs will fare on promo rates after these outfits sign on for Apple news partnerships.

    I could go for a Vox sub depending on what kind of writing they plan to charge for in this upcoming tier. Sure I'm a partisan and lean in their direction. But, I have no problem subscribing to a journal that leans left, right or aims for down the middle. I won't pay for or bother reading trash though. I don't find even the free Vox trashy, although it's not my go-to for top of day news every morning. They do cover a lot of ground, check facts and respond to legit requests for correction of their factual reporting. What's not to like? Take the facts and leave the opinions behind!
  11. pass1234 macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2014
    Almost everyone: "News should be free, and it should say what I want to hear"

    No wonder democracy is dying of misinformation and bigotry.
  12. Andronicus macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2008

    I’d say there is a pretty big difference between Vox and WSJ.
  13. LizKat macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    But see that's why I picked WSJ as the other dude in my example. A fact is a fact... doesn't have to be a financially significant one. And the WSJ has its lighter moments. I miss the old WSJ with the long reads on the front page, but I appreciate its foreign coverage and the book reviews are different to the ones offered by the more left-leaning papers of record like WaPo or NYT, so it's nice to have the mix. Vox is my choice over some news aggregation site like Yahoo for politlical coverage and some pop culture tracking.
  14. omihek macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2014
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Glad I'm not the only one who realizes those are two separate things.
  15. Zachari macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2012
    Washington, DC
  16. Anarchy99, Mar 21, 2019
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 22, 2019

    Anarchy99 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2003
    i can't tell but really hope your being sarcastic.
  17. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    The only one I recognize is SB Nation. I like their you tube videos. Do they all self identify their team preference before using specific evidence to support a well defined and explicit hypothesis?
  18. kingofwale macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
  19. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Why would I ever want to read anything other than MacRumors?
  20. LandRovers macrumors member


    May 28, 2014
    They both hate PewDiePie though
  21. acgmph macrumors member


    Sep 17, 2015
    Around the world
    There are only two publications I would pay Apple a monthly sub for: FT and the Economist. Everything else doesn’t seem to be worth it.
  22. LizKat, Mar 21, 2019
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 22, 2019

    LizKat macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I wouldn't be quite so harsh about some other choices, but I agree those are two good ones.
  23. aaronhead14 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2009
    I seriously don't understand why anyone would want a subscription news service. Such a waste of money.
  24. LizKat macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    Yeah... right up there with lattes and video games?

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