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Your own personal newsagency: the $14.99 a month all-in newspaper and magazine subscription

Mark Fletcher
September 7th, 2020 · 1 Comment

With the Apple News App, for A$14.99 a month for up to 6 family members you get access to a ton of Australian and international magazines and newspapers. All current issue content.

This from the Apple website outlines the content:

Apple News+, a subscription service that brings together hundreds of popular magazines and leading newspapers into a beautiful, convenient and curated experience within the Apple News app, is now available to Australian readers. Apple News+ presents full access to the best and most relevant publications to meet any range of interests from major Australian outlets including The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, The Courier Mail, The Advertiser, Vogue, Australian Women’s Health, Elle, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, GQ, Australian Men’s Health, Delicious and Australian Geographic, as well as several international newspapers and magazines including The Wall Street Journal (US), Los Angeles Times (US), The Times (UK), The Sunday Times (UK), National Geographic (US), Rolling Stone (US), Grazia (UK) and Hello! (UK).

Apple pitches it as your own personal newsagency:

Given that News Corp. wants compensation from Google and Facebook for taking revenue from them, maybe they offer newsagents compensation for their Apple relationship taking revenue from our channel.

Further on at the Apple website they detail more content:

Apple News+ subscribers can access current and past issues and individual articles from magazines such as Vogue Australia, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Australian Women’s Health, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Elle, GQ Australia, Australian Men’s Health and Delicious. Australian subscribers can also access international newspapers and magazines including The Wall Street Journal (US), Los Angeles Times (US), The Times (UK), The Sunday Times (UK), Forbes (US), Esquire (US), Rolling Stone (US), National Geographic (US), New York Magazine (US), The Hollywood Reporter (US), Empire (UK) and Grazia (UK).

In reality this is another platform offering access to multiple titles for one subscription fee. These sites demonstrate the scope of the challenge to disruption of the print medium and the extent of fractional business publishers will embrace to extend the reach of their content.

There is nothing new here. It’s been happening for years. I mention it today as someone new to the channel was surprised to discover it is a thing.


Category: Media disruption · newsagency of the future · Newspapers

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Peter // Sep 7, 2020 at 7:58 AM

    Currently for entertainment I subscribe to Netflix, Kayo, Spotify and Disney plus for the kids. I don’t subscribe to any news platforms. I look at the Age, the Guardian, ABC news, occasionally the New York Times and BBC news sites and very occasionally If I had to pay for any of those I probably wouldn’t. I’d revert to just the ABC. The challenge for any aggregator is to get me excited/motivated enough to pay for their product.


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