Apple wants to sell an all-in subscription for news, video, music and magazine

Apple wants to sell an all-in subscription for news, video, music and magazine
We've been seeing a steady progression with media subscriptions that continue to add more and more content. At the beginning everything was separate streams for music and movies/TV, then Amazon began bundling Prime Video with its music streaming (which admittedly was the worst music option), then Google came in with the YouTube Red/Play Music mashup. Now, Apple reportedly wants to take it to the next level: print.

The latest is that in addition to Apple Music and the as-yet unknown video streaming service that's in the works, Apple also wants to bundle in all-you-can-consume news and magazines as well. The addition of magazines might be something you eagle eyed readers might have seen coming after Apple purchased the magazine subscription service Texture back in March and there were rumors that Apple was planning a combined news and magazines subscription service with that purchase. A news/magazines bundle might not draw too many buyers, but Apple seems to be hoping that bundling all the media will be more of a draw.

The big question about the bundle is still the video streaming portion though. Apple has been constantly rumored to be bidding for new productions and working on deals for other content, but no one has a good sense of if Apple's streaming service will be more like Netflix or more like YouTube Red (but only the original content). If it's the latter, adding in all the extras it can, like news and magazines, might be a good way to sweeten the deal.

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19 Comments

1. JohnR

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Apple, calm TF down and stop being so greedy

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2347; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

How is it any different than Google that has YouTube Red and Google Play Music? Are they greedy too? If you say that Apple and Google are competitors, then doesn’t it make sense that they would try to actually compete with Google in this space?

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You are damn right, how dare they try to maximize profit by offering new products and services. What company would do that, shame on them!!!

14. sissy246

Posts: 7106; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Google does it so I guess they are greedy also.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31007; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why should they, everyone else is. Apple is just the best at it. Don’t hate. You shoulda thought that post thru before posting.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

More and more subscriptions.... Apple's already got more money than everyone

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Does Apple have your money? If not, why the fk do you complain?!

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

People complaining about a for-profit business wanting to make more money? Really?? There is not one for-profit business that isn’t looking for ways to make more money. Apple has the loyal fan base to pull this off, and if done right, can bring yet another service to help bring the money in. These smartphone companies can’t survive off of hardware alone forever. Not even Apple. They realize this, and are steadily working on ways to offset the plateau of smartphone hardware, all while trying to create something that may help it differentiate itself from others. I applaud them for this.

5. mootu

Posts: 1514; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"These smartphone companies can’t survive off of hardware alone forever. Not even Apple" Apple only earns around a quarter of it's profits from handset hardware. Apples largest earner is already it's services division and thats fine if thats what people want. At the end of the day though they need to remember that theres only so much milk you can extract from a cow before it runs dry.

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I knew that iPhone division makes about 70% of Apple's revenue; when did that change?!

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It didn't

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

“Apple only earns around a quarter of it's profits from handset hardware.” You have a source for this FALSE information? Becaue the iPhone is Apples biggest earner: https://www.statista.com/statistics/253649/iphone-revenue-as-share-of-apples-total-revenue/#0 You must be referring to when the iPhone was first introduced by Apple. The chart in the link that I’ve posted represents what percentage of revenue the iPhone makes up from 2009-2018, for each quarter of these years. As you can see in the chart, the iPhone has steadily grown to bring in over 60% of Apples revenue by Q2 of 2018.

16. mootu

Posts: 1514; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Sorry i got the figures wrong. In Q1 they earned $20.1 billion Services accounted for $8.5 billion "Other" which is Beats, Apple Tv etc brought $5.5 billion. Together that accounts for $14 billion. That leaves around $6.1 billion from iPhone sales which is nowhere near 70%. It's probably just under 40% https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/weak-iphone-sales-take-gloss-off-apples-profits-vtg70096b

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

The chart that’s listed in the link that I provided proves me right and you wrong.

11. maherk

Posts: 6833; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

More like fanboys complaining.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22000; Member since: May 28, 2014

For real. How are they complaining that a for-profit company is looking to increase their profits? Fanboys, indeed.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31007; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That’s like complaining about a 250mph car burning a lotta gas.

6. Cyberchum

Posts: 1063; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

There are lots of whiners here, like 1. There are couple things I dislike Apple for; this, right here, definitely ain't one!

15. Jrod99

Posts: 720; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Don’t care. Choose to skip this.

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