New York Times iPad App Now Offering Subscriptions via In-App Purchase

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The New York Times is now offering subscriptions in its NYTimes for iPad app. It’s one of the first blue-chip newspaper titles to offer subscriptions via In-App purchase.

The NYTimes for iPad app was updated today, to Version 2.1.0 to add the In-App subscription options and one other new item – the addition of a new Sunday Review section.

There are currently two subscription plans to choose from, as follows:

– NYTimes + Tablet App: Unlimited access to NYTimes.com and the NYTimes app for iPad. $19.99 per month.

– All Digital Access: Unlimited access to NYTimes.com and the NYTimes apps for iPad and smartphones. $34.99 per month.

I’ve never been a regular NYT reader or online subscriber, but I’m glad to see a flagship newspaper title embracing App Store subscriptions. Now that they’re in, I imagine many other major newspaper titles will soon follow suit.

For those of you who are regular NYT readers, what do you think of these new subscription plans? Are the prices appealing?

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New York Post Blocks iPad Access to Online Site, Tries to Force App Subscriptions

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The New York Post is taking a rather original – and idiotic – approach to boosting subscriptions to their iPad edition. As 9to5Mac reported, they started blocking iPad access to their online site this weekend. If you try to go to nypost.com on the iPad you’re greeted with the screen shown above, insisting that you go download their app via the iPad App Store. Here’s the relevant text on that page:

Thanks for coming! NYPOST.com editorial content is now only accessible on the iPad through the New York Post App. If you are a current New York Post App subscriber, please visit the App Store and download the latest version to access NYPOST.com through the INDEX. If you are not a current New York Post App user and would like to subscribe, please download from theApp Store. Thank you.

And here’s the icing on the cake of this clumsy move: their app isn’t even free like 99% of newspaper apps (it costs $1.99), there’s no sponsored free trial period, there is no option to purchase single issues, and subscriptions start at $6.99 a month.

Good luck with that.

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The Daily, iPad-only Newspaper – No Notifications at All?

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The Daily – the first and only iPad-only newspaper title – has at least hinted at having notifications for breaking news ever since it launched four months ago. It has prompted users to ask if they will allow it to send notifications, and has a place in its general settings where you can choose to toggle Breaking News Notification on or off.

I’ve had mine set to On since Day 1 of using the app, yet up to now I don’t recall seeing a single notification from The Daily in these four months. Now I’ll be the first to say I really don’t want an overload of breaking news alerts from any app – but zero seems a tad low for 1/3 of a year’s worth of news. I’m thinking there are some breaking items I would’ve liked to see alerts for.

The CNN app hits me with 1-3 breaking news notifications per day on average, and I’d say that’s fine. The complete lack of notifications from The Daily – while in effect advertising them by having a setting for them – seems another example of its inability to get the basics right.

Anyone else have a different experience with The Daily and notifications? Have you been seeing any?

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San Francisco Chronicle for iPad – Latest New iPad Newspaper Title

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San Francisco Chronicle for iPad is the latest major US newspaper title to hit the iPad. It was released today on the iPad App Store by Hearst Newspapers. It includes a sponsored 30 day free trial (with access to all content) and is already offering subscriptions via In-App purchase.

Subscription plans on offer are: Free for current subscribers (great start); $5.99 monthly; and $59.99 annually. Those who take on a new subscription will also get the Sunday Chronicle if they live within the newspaper’s circulation area.

When the app is opened for the first time it’s easy to just tap one button to begin reading it with the the 30 day free trial.

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The Daily iPad-only Newspaper – Nearing 1 Million Downloads, Still Not Getting the Basics Right

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According to reports this week, The Daily – the first iPad-only newspaper – is close to hitting the one million downloads mark. Their  publisher, Greg Clayman, is quite pleased with their numbers so far …

This puts us in the large pantheon of large news apps … We are consistently now in the top grossing apps, in the top ten or top twelve.

The Daily has still not released any details on how many subscriptions they’ve sold. Whatever that number is, one thing is for sure – it could be much higher if the app didn’t still have some stupid and basic flaws after nearly four months in the App Store.

For instance, if the screen above was not one of the ones you spend most time with in the app, due to how long it still takes to load new issues each day, and even to load updates within each day. The load times are still way too long. And the app still fails to remember where you left off reading – a horrible defect for any app that wishes to provide a good reading experience.

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