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Published on June 28th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson

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Apple considers subscription streaming bundle of TV, music & news

Apple is contemplating a single subscription package of TV shows, music and digital magazines, according to The Information. 

Sources report Apple will begin by launching a digital news subscription service next year, which will combine the Apple News app with magazine subscription service Texture, which Apple purchased back in March. Texture offers subscribers unlimited access to more than 200 digital magazines for $9.99 per month, with titles that include AARP The Magazine, Food Network Magazine, The New Yorker, Fortune, Rolling Stone, Vogue, People, Time, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, and more. 

Months later, sources say, Apple will bundle the digital news subscription service with both Apple Music and video content of comedy, drama and reality shows that are now in production. 

Apple is said to be planning to continue to offer each of the services on a standalone basis, including a standalone TV service. It has not yet been decided what the final subscription services will look like, so a bundle might not become reality.

“It isn’t clear if Apple would roll out some of its original programming for free initially and then bundle it with the other services,” the website reported. “The discussions at Apple are still ongoing about what the subscription service ultimately will look like and could change…”

Various rumors suggest Apple’s first produced videos could be released sometime between March 2019 and the summer of 2019. 

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



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