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Bloomberg Signs Up for Apple Subscriptions

Here’s another name-brand media company signing on for Apple’s iTunes subscription service: Bloomberg, via its Bloomberg Businessweek magazine iPad app.

Stuff you need to know:

  • The pricing makes sense: $2.99 for a four-issue digital subscription, versus $4.99 at newsstands–and, just as important, close to the $0.77 an issue price for an introductory print subscription. Also sensible: Print subscribers get the digital version free.
  • Unlike other magazine apps, Bloomberg isn’t straining hard to add multimedia bells and whistles: There’s an introductory video with editor Josh Tyrangiel, and an audio interview featuring Charlie Rose, but the rest of the design is as utilitarian as the print version–no 3-D animation here.
  • That stripped-down design means the app will only run a modest 30 megabytes per issue.
  • Unlike other publishers, Bloomberg isn’t making a point of reaching out to Apple’s competitors: It’s not promising to launch on Google’s Android or any other platform soon. Instead, it notes that 17 percent of the print magazine’s subscribers already own iPads.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik