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Newspaper Publishers warn Apple?

BBC: “Apple is being warned against trying to squeeze cash out of the newspaper industry by controlling subscriptions for iPads and iPhones.”

I don’t get this at all. The newspaper publishers clearly have a choice in the matter. If you don’t like the pricing structure don’t create a native app for iOS, you still have the web. Oh, you can also give it away on Android, right? It’s pretty clear the only successful platform that supports paid applications is Apple and iOS. Android users all expect their applications to be free. Now don’t get your knickers in a twist. I didn’t say the only place to make money was iOS. Clearly some people are making money giving away their applications, but that model doesn’t work for everyone.

The choice is yours.


NY Times, not so smart

Curly, the original knuckleheadBoomTown, Kara Swisher: “The Times’ lawyer, Richard Samson, sees it differently, apparently since it is a paid app rather than a free one, noting in its June 3 notice to Apple, which came two days after the Times’ article about Pulse:

“The Pulse News Reader app, makes commercial use of the and RSS feeds, in violation of their Terms of Use*. Thus, the use of our content is unlicensed. The app also frames the and websites in violation of their respective Terms of Use.”

He also complained about how the Pulse was marketed in the App Store”

Emphasis is mine. The NY Times really wants to go out of business. If I were the developers of Pulse I’d create a “knucklehead list” and ship it with the app. The knucklehead list would be updatable remotely so when other knucklehead’s would like to join in on the fun the Pulse guys could update their list on the server and have the application automagically remove the RSS feed from their app.

As for the NY Times. I really don’t get this, not at all. They are publishing an RSS feed for heavens sake. If you don’t want people to read your content via the web, REMOVE YOUR FEED. Instead you come down on the little guy that’s taking advantage of something you published.