Where do you get your news? For most of us, we pull news from a variety of sources that range from a newspaper (or newspaper website) for local news, to TV and radio, occasionally magazines, but more frequently from various apps.
My iPhone is home to more than a dozen news apps; Politico, USA Today, Fox, NBC, CBS, AP, CNN, and many others. I’m a news junkie. Well, along came Apple News, and guess what?
My news sources began to dwindle and expand at the same time thanks to Apple’s Apple News app. Instead of bouncing around to over a dozen different apps, I’ve been able to consolidate news sources to a single app.
Even better, I managed to do that without spending $10 a month on Apple News+, instead relying on the basic lead articles for paying sources.
After all, how much news do I need?
As it turns out, Apple has begun to change the Apple News app. Instead, more of the Apple News+ articles have begun to show up, while Apple displays fewer of the non-paid subscription articles.
Bait and switch?
I think so, but I understand what Apple is doing; or, rather, trying to do. What? Save the news industry. So far, the results are mixed even though Apple News is one of the largest news sources in the world.
Apple says News has over 100-million active users. That is about 10-percent of all of Apple’s customers, so there seems to be room to grow. What I like about Apple News is obvious. Many dozens of news sources within a single app, easily curated, simply managed, and one single source.
What I don’t want is to pay for that news access but I recognize that publishers need to make enough money to stay in business. So, should I spend the $10 per month? Or, should I just continue to use the News app as a single source?
Either way, the answer bothers me.
I want publishers to continue to publish, but the advertising game has made it difficult– thanks to Facebook and Google owning the online ad model. I want a variety of news sources but within a single app. News does that for free, but has more sources and more information in the subscription.
Our subscription list is growing. Cable TV, internet, Disney+, Hulu, HBO, plus a dozen apps. I’m paying more and getting more but I wonder how much more I need.
Life is complicated.