“Time Inc’s stable of 20 magazines, including Sports Illustrated and People, are now available for subscription on Apple’s Newsstand, the company said on Thursday,” Jennifer Saba reports for Reuters.
“The publishing arm of Time Warner Inc was the last holdout, among large magazine companies, to agree to sell subscriptions through Apple Newsstand,” Saba reports. “Prior to the announcement, consumers have had to go through each magazine’s website to get a digital subscription for the iPad.”
Saba reports, “Existing print subscribers of Time Inc will be able to access the digital editions at no additional cost… Apple has wanted to be the primary contact for magazine subscribers, essentially controlling valuable information like addresses and other demographic details. Magazines, too, are keen on this data, which they use to sell advertising. Subscribers may choose to share their data with the publisher, a process known in the industry as ‘opting in.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Once again, Apple stands up for their customers and Apple’s customers win.
With App Store subscriptions, Apple’s on the side of the consumer yet again. Anytime you read differently, it’s highly likely coming from a publication that wants to continue to be able to force your name, address, telephone number, email address, credit card number, credit card security code, job title, job responsibility, and industry from you at the time of subscription. We’d rather have Apple closely hold the data than have it strewn among media companies for them to sell to marketeers. – MacDailyNews, September 21, 2011
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