Newspapers warn Apple for news subscriptions

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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New York, Feb 9: The European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA) has warned the technology giant Apple for iTunes digital periodical subscriptions. Association accused that Apple is trying to make money by controlling the news subscriptions for iPads and iPhones.

In a statement released by ENPA, it said that Apple's plan to make direct online sales through iTunes will cut their profits and their readers can't subscribe via newspapers' own websites.

Meanwhile, some European Newspapers claimed that Apple has banned them from offering free electronic editions to their print customers.

"Consumers may only have access to the newspaper of their choice via the iTunes store, where the transaction would be subject to commission," said the ENPA in a statement.

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ENPA demanded that the newspaper publishers should have freedom of choice of payment systems for their readers and the possibility to negotiate pricing levels for their digital publications.

During the launch of The Daily, the first American daily news publication built only for iPad on Feb 2, Apple announced an in-app subscription service for its App Store. According to this rule, newspaper apps must include an option to purchase through iTunes.

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