Media conglomerate News Corp. has supposedly delayed the release of The Daily, an iPad-exclusive newspaper that is to cost $0.99 per week. It was supposed to be announced next Wednesday by News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The reason why the joint-venture between News Corp. and Apple is supposed to break new ground is due to the fact that Apple currently has no way for customers to subscribe to periodicals. As it stands, users must individually purchase newspapers and magazines from a central hub. Under the new rules that Apple is supposed to announce, multimedia providers will be allowed to automatically bill customers via their iTunes accounts for content.
The delay seems to be rooted in an issue on Apple’s side of things, as an individual familiar with the matter has said to The Wall Street Journal:
The app and the service work, it’s just getting them to talk to each other that needs more time.
News Corp. confirmed the delay, but denied to comment beyond that fact. Meanwhile, Apple was not available for a comment. Another person familiar to the matter said that the delay would last for weeks, not months
As sales of physical newspapers continue to drop, The Daily will be one of the first dedicated efforts to bring the format to the digital world. News Corp. hired nearly 100 journalists and industry specialists to work on the project.
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