YouTube Music Key Service Delivers New Features

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We’ve been hearing reports of Google launching some sort of subscription service on YouTube since last year, and new rumors have emerged this week suggesting that it may finally be coming soon. It’s called YouTube Music Key and will be bundled with, if not replacing their current Google Play Music All Access. Play Music All […]

Google Launching Streaming YouTube Music Service This Year

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Google is said to be prepping a music streaming service under its YouTube brand for launch later this year. According to a report on Fortune, the YouTube streaming service will be separate, but complementary to, Google’s own Play Music service. YouTube music would be positioned as a streaming subscription service that’s intended to compete against Spotify, […]

Nokia Music Debuts Ahead of Lumia Tab’s Release

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After much speculation about a Lumia-branded Windows tablet from Nokia, so far the company has not made any announcements about its tablet efforts but it has anounced its Nokia Music service will be coming to Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows RT platform. At Mobile World Congress, the Finnish smartphone-maker announced that its music mix service […]

Hulu to Take Major Step Backward With Cord Cutting

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Internet video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu were once heralded for their forward-thinking, allowing consumers the option to migrate away from expensive cable, satellite, or fiber paid TV services in favor of cheaper monthly subscription costs. However, that may change as Hulu, which is owned by a Provident Equity and a consortium of TV […]

Next Issue for Android is Netflix for Magazines

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Next Issue for Android is aiming to take on Apple’s Newstand. The app and accompanying service will be a subscription service for magazines, but in a different way than what has been done on Apple’s a la carte service. What Next Issue does is bring a $9 subscription fee per month to users, giving them […]

iPad 3: Why I Buy a New iPad Every Year

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Every year, in March or April I head to the closest Apple store and buy a new iPad. On March 16th, or whenever the iPad 3 release date is, I will go out and buy a new iPad. I don’t care if it is the iPad HD with nothing more than a Retina Display or […]

Comcast Launching Android Netflix Rival

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Cable TV provider Comcast is looking to expand into the streaming video subscription model that’s being led by Netflix with a service called Xfinity Streampix that may launch with Android support in the coming year. Details for the service are not yet available, but Comcast may be able to offer a competitive advantage over Netflix […]

The Daily for iPad Gets a Price Cut For the Holidays

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The Daily is a daily iPad specific newspaper that launched earlier this year to much excitement. The app is free, but if you want to subscribe, you need to cough up $40 for a year. Until now. Fab.com is holding a two-week sale on subscriptions to The Daily, with discounts on a one year and […]

Windows Phone Glitch Shuts Out Zune Pass Listeners

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Users who have upgraded their HTC-made Windows Phone 7 smartphones to the Mango firmware update are now noticing that their handsets are freezing, or locking up, when they’re using Zune Pass. Users have been complaining and documenting their issues on Microsoft’s support forum, and according to these users, Microsoft is saying that there may be […]

Amazon Working on Netflix Model for Digital Books

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So far, digital books, or e-books, are only available to users on an a la carte basis, meaning that they pay per book title. However, that may change if Amazon can sway publishers into allowing users to rent books utilizing a premium subscription model similar to what Netflix employs for movies and TV shows. There […]

Hulu Plus Now Working on All Previously Unsupported Android Devices?

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It looks like Hulu may have updated its Hulu Plus subscription TV and video streaming app to bring broad Android compatibility. Before, like Netflix, Hulu Plus would only work on a number of certified Android handsets–perhaps due to DRM issues on Android–but now the app seems to be working fine on a number of Android […]

Chicago Tribune, LA Times Explore Creating Tablet Hardware to Sell Newspapers

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Tribune Co., the media conglomerate behind the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications, is looking at entering the tablet hardware space in order to sell newspaper subscriptions. News of Tribune Co.’s foray into the tablet space comes just as we’re hearing that Amazon, which provides music, videos, and books as digital content, […]

GameTanium Brings Subscription Gaming to Android Phones, Tablets

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Similar to what Netflix did for movies, GameTamium is hoping to do the same with mobile gaming. The subscription-based mobile gaming service costs $5 per month and is compatible on Android smartphones and tablets. Rather than have gamers pay a la carte per game title, players will now have unlimited access to GameTamium’s catalog of […]

MoviePass: Just Like Netflix, But for the Big Screen

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MoviePass is a new movie-going and movie watching service that takes your movie experience to the cinematic big screen. Like Netflix’s subscription service for entertainment, MoviePass, now in beta, will allow users to pay a $50 per month fee to watch as many movies as they want each month in select theaters. Currently, the service […]

Google to Pitch Chrome Netbooks to Students with $20/Month Plan?

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Today’s day 2 of the Google I/O conference aimed at developers and Forbes is speculating that Google may announce a Chrome subscription plan geared towards students. We’ll definitely find out soon enough once the keynote begins, but Forbes is reporting that Google will announce a hardware and software plan for students to use the Chrome […]

Apple’s iTunes Digital Cloud Storage Won’t be Free

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Early speculations about Apple’s digital cloud storage plans suggest that the service will launch for free initially, but that the iPhone-maker would eventually charge users a small annual fee for the service much like what it does with its cloud-based Mobile Me offering. According to Billboard, Apple may charge users around $20 a year for […]

Hulu Plus Launching Soon for Select Android 2.2 Smartphones

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Hulu Plus, a staple of the few streaming video apps on iOS, is coming soon to select Android devices. Though a specific launch date wasn’t specified, Engadget reported that one of its readers had spotted the Hulu Plus service on a Google Samsung Nexus S smartphone, which runs Android 2.3. The image found on Hulu’s […]

Apple’s New App Store Subscription Rules Are Not Horrible

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Apple has served notice on publishers who use the iOS App Store to distribute content. You cannot sell subscriptions unless there is a link from within the app for customers to quickly and easily subscribe. Warner Crocker and Sumocat already weighed in on this issue. Here’s my question about the whole Apple model. What’s wrong […]

Apple’s in-app subscription policy official, strict but not bulletproof

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As previously hinted, Apple is rolling out a new in-app subscription system and enforcing a new requirement that the option to purchase a subscription in-app be included. While it does not negate the option to purchase a subscription outside the app, the policy does prohibit links within the app to do so. Pretty strict, but […]