What you need to know
- Apple News+ looks set to get some new competition.
- CNN is getting ready to enter the market.
- No information on pricing or availability is available.
In an interview with the oulet CNN's head of digital Andrew Morse said that team members have been hired for the project with mulltiple engineers and executives already working on making it a reality. Former Spotify engineer Andrew Greene is one of those employed, the report says. He's the engineer responsible for the popular Spotify Stations feature, by the way.
It's expected that CNN's news servce – known as NewsCo currently – will be similar to Apple News+ in its approach. That means aggregated news from a number of sources including those that would normally be behind paywalls. There is currently no information on what NewsCo will be available or what customers will need to spend in order to try it out.
CNN's expansion into a subscription news aggregation model shouldn't come as a surprise. Media companies are always on the lookout for ways to expand and meet new customer needs. And CNN clearly believes this is one way of doing exactly that.
Aggregation services like Apple News+ allow customers to pay one flat monthly fee and get access to unlimited news via digital newspapers and magazines. Everything is read via a custom app, available on tablets, computers, and phones.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.