Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief, Matthew Panzarino, offered his analysis on the major announcements that came out of Apple’s keynote event this past Monday. Behind a series of new subscription and media products, Apple […]View More Digging into Apple’s media transformation
From Extra Crunch Apologies – yesterday’s daily got stuck on a plane from LAX and never sent out. This is your combined Tuesday + Wednesday editions. New Experiment: The Bold Italic’s popular podcast This is Your Life in Silicon Valley is a mainstay on playlists in the Bay Area. Given the popularity of Equity’s transcripts, […]View More New experiments with transcripts, plus game streaming and social platforms
Apple doesn’t care about news, it cares about recurring revenue. That’s why publishers are crazy to jump into bed with Apple News+. They’re rendering their own subscription options unnecessary in exchange for a sliver of what Apple pays out from the mere $10 per month it charges for unlimited reading. The unfathomable platform risk here […]View More The danger of “I already pay for Apple News+”
It’s a smart pivot for Apple: If people aren’t buying as many iPhones, just squeeze them monthly with recurring payments from add-on content services.
Some of these services look great — I’ll happily pay for Apple News+ and Apple Arcade — so long as you already live within the walls of Apple’s ecosystem. But why no love for Android or Windows users?
They may not have shiny Apple logos on the back of their phones or laptops, but they’re people too. They deserve access to high-quality journalism and original video programming, even if they don’t use Apple devices. Read more…View More If Apple is really serious about services, it would support Android and Windows
Curious whether you should cancel your existing magazine subscription and just subscribe to Apple News+? Apple certainly seems to believe News+ is an outsized bargain for you. The company’s claim that it would cost users $8000 to get annual access to the publications they are giving readers for $9.99 per month suggests that they see […]View More Apple News+ is a great deal, but what does ‘full access’ really mean?
Update: The issue appears to have been fixed. While you’ll have to wait for a not-yet-announced date to pay a not-yet-announced price for several of the subscription services that Apple announced yesterday, Apple News+ actually launched pretty quickly … and then started crashing. At least, that was my experience this morning after I updated my […]View More The updated Apple News app kept crashing for some users this morning
As the world got ready for another one of Apple’s two-hour-long announcement events, some people held out hope that we might finally hear more about AirPower, the company’s wireless charging pad. The product was first announced all the way back in 20…View More It’s time to accept that maybe Apple AirPower doesn’t exist after all
Video served as both form and function today at Apple’s media event, and the company wasn’t stingy with classic Apple event videos. Ranging from previews of new services like Apple Arcade to a look at the artists creating content for Apple TV +, the videos should give folks who missed the livestream a quick look […]View More All the videos from Apple’s big media event
Apple News is getting into the subscription business.
At Monday’s Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, the company announced a new subscription service called Apple News Plus (or, Apple News+).
Tim Cook positioned the service as a way to get access to magazines — as opposed to just articles from news outlets — with just one subscription. Pay $9.99 a month and you’ll get access to over 300 magazines covering topics like entertainment, news, fashion, and more.
“I miss the feeling of being at the newsstand,” Tim Cook said, seemingly forgetting that Apple devices helped make buying physical magazines obsolete. Read more…View More Apple announces news subscription service, Apple News+
A report from Bloomberg shares some of the details about the long-rumored video streaming service from Apple. The company should unveil this service at a press conference in Cupertino on March 25. While Apple has been working on a ton of original content for its new streaming service, Bloomberg says that most of them won’t […]View More Apple’s streaming service could feature content from partners
Apple isn’t selling as many iPhones anymore, so the company is looking for new ways to make money off its software.
Now, it looks like we’ll soon get an up-close look at a key part of those plans. Apple is planning to hold one of its signature …
It turns out Apple products are good for more than just spying on people.
In an otherwise dreary Jan. 29 earnings call, Apple executives had one standout bit of cheery news for wary investors: Apple News supposedly has the largest audience of a…