It’s not just the entertainment apps that are making my monthly statements heavier. In the last 18 months, I have noticed a mounting number of email newsletters, podcasts and any number of trial Patreon services that I’m getting sucked into. In most cases, I regard the subscriptions as a bargain. I can point, for example, to Ben Thompson’s excellent daily Stratechery email, which costs €8.50 a month. Or Spotify which, at €15 per month for a ‘family’ subscription, has reignited music discovery (for me) in an age of vanilla music radio. And Netflix (€11 per month) increasingly seems like good value compared to cable and satellite alternatives. But in an age where there are big questions around how journalism will be funded in future, are subscriptions a mainstream answer? Apple appears to think so. It recently bought the online magazine aggregator Texture and reportedly plans to integrate it into its own premium subscription offering. This could give such a service a real boost. Up until now, subscription aggregators like Texture (which is US-only) and Readly (available here) have struggled to hit a mass market scale. This is partly because they’ve never been that great a user experience, having to do… Read full this story
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