Playboy for iPad goes live, every issue as nature (and Hugh) intended!

Bang on time as per Hugh Hefner’s recent tweet, Playboy for iPad is now live. As we thought, it is a web app rather than an App Store app. The site designed specifically for the iPad, contains every single back issue of Playboy. These are not cut down versions of each magazine either; they contain every word and page that appeared in the printed version and every woman ever photographed.

To get access to the content, you have to subscribe and there are various options for this. If you are prepared to sign up for a year, it will cost you $7.24 a month. If you only want to commit for a month at a time, the price increases by a lot; coming out at $17.95 a month. If you want to see what it is all about first, they do offer a 3 day trial at a more reasonable $0.95. Be careful with the trial as you have to enter your payment details. If you don’t cancel after the 3 days are up, your subscription automatically gets transferred to the full monthly rate of $17.95 a month.

There is a video demo on the home page which shows how the site works on the iPad. It looks to have been implemented really well with easy navigation and page scrolling. This is not just a website!

Are any of our readers planning on subscribing to iPlayboy? Can you see this opening the flood gates to other magazines of this type? Let us know in the comments!



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Playboy for iPad goes live, every issue as nature (and Hugh) intended!


Damn finally! A way to get all those fantastic Playboy articles online! Why are you looking at me like that?

Seeing as Hef seems to be a crusade of late to put only horribly butterfaced women on the cover of playboy... I don't care. As said above, google provides all that playboy would provide.

I'm not sure where you get your pricing information from, but from the site, I see $8/month, 60/yr ($5/mo) or $100/2yr (4.17/mo) and no 3 day trial option to be seen.

Yeah so it looks like Canadians are getting the shaft on pricing. It's only 8$ a month here in the US, although we get no 3 day option???

While I probably won't be subscribing... I do have to give them many kudos for the implementation. If all magazines went this route, there are SEVERAL I would subscribe to that I currently do not. I used to subscribe to several magazines, but have stopped all but one or two... and just pick up an issue now and then. Listen up magazine publishers! This model could change that. I wonder if all the back-issues are searchable?
That price seems too high for most magazines though. I'd pay a bit more than a typical subscription price for the ability to have back issues. Maybe one price for that, and then a lower price where you just get the year of issues you subscribe to.

I think they should give there magazine subscribers a discount price for the iPad version.

What is this!? Nudity!? on the Internet no less! I am shocked and appalled. I must go find some windex because suddenly my iPad feels dirty.

How will the centerfold part work? Will we need to purchase another iPad for this? Pretty good sales gimmick.

This seems really odd pricing to me. I get my paper subscription for less than $20 a year. Now I have to pay more for the digital version? What?

I want this just to see OJ Simpson selling those black leather gloves before he figured out how to make the black leather glove famous

I think The Economist offers the best iPad magazine experience so far. The articles are accompanied by audio readings by real voice actors.

Has anyone tried it? Can you download them for offline viewing somehow, or is an internet connection required? I assume you must be connected...

I've been trying it... Paid the subscription for the month and it just does not work! Just sends you to the website... So far I think it's a load of crap!!