New York Times Announces In-App Subscription Pricing

The New York Times announced its digital subscription options today, including pricing to access its content via the iPhone and iPad. The venerable news publication had indicated that paid access would be coming to its iPad app last October when the app received a major overhaul with a note in the description that it would be “free until early 2011.”

Apple launched its App Store subscription service in February, which allows developers to offer content within apps on a subscription basis with purchases automatically billed to users’ iTunes accounts. Publishers reportedly have until June 30 to comply with the new subscription service terms.

While some access to the New York Times‘ content will still be free, it will be limited to 20 articles each month for non-subscribers. Those who subscribe to the paper version of the New York Times will have free access to all digital content.

When it comes to the iPhone, the New York Times will charge $15 every four weeks for access to content via the site and the NYTimes iPhone app. For access to content through the site and the NYTimes for iPad app, the cost will be $20 every four weeks. Unlimited access through all digital avenues will cost $35 every four weeks.

Paid digital subscriptions will be available in the U.S. starting March 28.


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Are you kidding me? I’ll take my 20 articles a week and be happy. Plenty of other good free news (NPR, McClatchy, Christian Science Monitor). How can they possibly charge so much for news that doesn’t even come in physical form?


I’m sorry but that is much too expensive. If it were more reasonable, I would be all for it.


Bye bye NY times ! They will probably wake up in one month when they find out that 3 people subscribe and 15 million walked away.

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