While we await for Ruport Murdoch’s The Daily to launch (rumored/reported for January 17), Google is making noise that it isn’t going to let Apple own the digital subscription plans for newspapers and magazines apps. News organizations such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal currently have free iPad apps but are free for a limited time – while they wait for Apple to roll out the subscription service.
Google is readying a newsstand for Android devices even as Apple is racing to make important concessions on its iTunes news subscription plans, multiple sources said Sunday night. The search engine is reportedly hoping to race Apple to a central periodical platform and would aggregate phone- and tablet-optimized magazine or newspaper apps in a central place. The company would try to lure publishers away from Apple by undercutting its own usual 30 percent cut, the WSJ heard, and by agreeing to give private subscriber information that Apple has so far refused.
It would provide a “more consistent experience” for users, the insiders said, and would help publishers get paid.
Google is reportedly in talks with major publishers such as Conde Nast, Hearst and Time. Hearst is the parent company of King Features Syndicate.