Facebook Changes: Charging You Is Not One Of Them

The idea that Facebook is going to implement a pay-structure and begin charging current members for use of the service is a bit of misinformation that has been going around for years. The rumors have spread in various ways across…

Netflix Cracks Down On Multiple Streams Per Account

UPDATE: According to Netflix, this error message is a glitch, not a representation of a policy change. Netflix VP of Communications Steve Swasey had this to say in an email to GigaOm – No Netflix member is limited to less…

Spotify Hits 175,000 Paid Members Says Source

Two things have launched in the past month or so that sent people into a frenzy to acquire invites. First, Google+‘s invite system had the internet community in a virtual freakout with people finding ways to game the system as…

Netflix Price Hike Opens the Door for Blockbuster – According to Blockbuster

As the fallout continues from Netflix’s decision to split up its streaming and DVD services and charge more for DVDs, many are wondering if and how that anger will translate into losses for the company. Sure, people are outraged, that…

Netflix Raises Prices, What’s Next For Users?

Today, Netflix dropped the bomb that it was doing away with its unlimited streaming / DVD combo plan in favor of separate plans for each service. Users (myself included) that want unlimited streaming options as well as 1-DVD-at-a-time rental enjoy…

Glenn Beck’s Final Show on Fox Marks Transition to the Internet

At 5 p.m. EST today, controversial commentator Glenn Beck will host his final episode of The Glenn Beck Show on Fox News. For Beck, this not only signals and end to an era, but also the beginning of a new…

Playboy Puts Every Issue Online, Optimized for iPad

Well gee-golly, ain’t that something! Today, Playboy Enterprises has launched i.Playboy.com, a site that gives you access to every page from every issue of Playboy ever published. That sure is a lot of…articles. Here’s the scope of what we are…

Thoughts on Apple Subscriptions and Google OnePass from President of the Online Publishers Association

Over the past week, Apple announced its subscriptions plan for the App Store, following the model of "The Daily". Under the plan, publishers set the price and length of the subscription, users choose the length of the subscription and are charged based on how long they subscribe. Apple keeps 30% of the revenue.

Apple Subscriptions Raise Antitrust Questions

This week, Apple launched a subscription service for the app store. It enables all publishers of content-based apps (including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc.) to follow the model of the recently launched The Daily from New Corp. 

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the service has raised concerns about antitrust, though neither Apple nor the Justice Department has commented on the matter. 

Online Subscriptions Driving Magazine Sales

Online subscription will generate 24 percent of new business sales for magazines in 2010, according to a new report from the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA).

The percentage of subscriptions generated from the Internet has increased steadily since 2006: