News Corp's Rupert Murdoch stated in an earnings call that the their Wall Street Journal app has stockpiled 64,000 active iPad users, according to AppleInsider. The app, like its website counterpart, is free to access, but some content does require an $18 subscription or an existing one to their print edition.
Over at Kindle land, Amazon has been striving to grab digital subscribers for major newspapers, but still wants to take in some of the subscription earnings, which Apple isnt doing. 'Unlike the Kindle,' says Murdoch, 'we keep 100 percent of the revenue from the iPad.'
'Were in final discussions with a number of publishers, device makers and technology companies. We will soon develop an innovative subscription model to deliver content to consumers wherever and whenever they want it.' He said that this new plan, will compete with iTunes, and is expected to be announced in about a month.
On a side bar, Valleywag blog is claiming that Steve Job's is not thoroughly impressed with the limited amount of content that is available through the New York Times app for the iPad.
While the app was named 'NYT Editors' Choice,' it's getting hammered due to only offering a limited amount of Times information, and even excludes free content that is available on the newspaper's website.
Valleywag reports, 'we hear its related to the newspapers existing agreement with the Amazon Kindle, which apparently precludes the paper from releasing a cheaper, comparable e-edition on a competing tablet. Hence the non-comparable Editors Choice app. The Times isnt alone on this; a number of other newspaper and book publishers are grappling with the same Kindle licensing issue.'
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