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Apple News Hands-on: Is It Worth $9.99 Per Month

Apple News+ resides as a new tab in the Apple News app. The morning/evening digest tab has now been renamed "News+". After updating your devices and launching the News, everyone can start a month-long free trial before the $9.99 fee kicks in.

Apple News hands-on: Is it worth $9.99 per month

I think it's worth the ten bucks a month so far. It's sad that so many magazines are still not dynamic and are just big jpegs of pages (not Apple's fault).Confident that more titles will be added as time goes by.

Apple News+ costs just $9.99 per month after a free trial. Apple News+ is also included in the Apple One Premier Plan, which bundles five other Apple services into a single monthly subscription for$32.95 per month.

Apple Music users can get a three-month free membership, after which a $9.99 per month subscription fee will apply. There will also be a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for $14.99 per month.

Yesterday, Apple unveiled Apple News+, an all-you-can-eat subscription service that offers access to over 300 different magazines and periodicals, including newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, for $9.99 a month. I already subscribe to a couple of other Apple services like iCloud and Apple Music that are a little bit underwhelming, so I'll admit I'm a bit wary of getting another one. But for a magazine lover like myself, News+ sounded incredibly intriguing.

When you launch the News app on iOS, you'll see the free news portion in the main "Today" home screen, along with a new "News+" option in the bottom row. On the MacOS app, the "News+" option sits underneath the "Today" on the left sidebar. Select that, and you'll see some information about what News+ offers. You can then sign up for the service right on the spot. The first month is free, but Apple will start charging you $9.99 a month once the free trial is over.Turn on browser notifications to receive breaking news alerts from EngadgetYou can disable notifications at any time in your settings menu.Not nowTurn onTurned onTurn on

There also appears to be some confusion over whether a News+ subscription offers you full access to certain publications. Apparently the Wall Street Journal sent a memo stating the News+ app would only contain a curated collection of its stories. It turns out, however, that this is wrong: a News+ subscription does provide full access to the Wall Street Journal, but general news interest stories are floated to the top more than others. If you want stories on other topics, you'll have to search for them (you can find this feature in the Following tab of the app), which might be a pain for some. The subscription also only allows for three days worth of archives.

It's also worth mentioning Kindle Unlimited, which many have posited might prove to be a potential rival to News+. For $10 a month, Kindle Unlimited subscribers get access to a rotating selection of over a million books and audiobooks, as well as "top magazine issues." The problem with Kindle Unlimited, however, is that it's not a real magazine subscription, since the magazine selection changes every month. The issues also take a long time to download, and the layout appears to mostly be PDF scans, which isn't ideal. Readly, another $10 a month magazine subscription app, has a similar problem with PDF scan layouts that are hard to read on a small screen.

Still, Apple Music Voice, which prioritizes Siri use over everything else, does lose a few key $9.99-a-month Apple Music service features, including lossless and spatial audio. Plus, Voice subscribers can't collect the music they love in their personal Apple Music library.

Apple Music Voice is basically Apple Music Lite. All the music is there, even the Radio Stations, including Apple Music 1. You can still use the Apple Music interface on your iPhone to pursue dozens of categories, including "C-Pop" and "Metal." Just remember, you cannot download and save tunes you love to the Library. Apple Music's $9.99 a month subscribers can do so, but that music disappears if they end their subscription.

The company said it would offer a three-month trial to Apple Music, after which the service will cost 10 yuan ($1.57) per month. That's cheaper than India's Apple Music price of 120 rupees ($1.83) per month, or the UK's 9.99 pounds ($15.16) per month.

On iOS, Apple News provides access to newspapers and magazines for $9.99 per month. But despite boasting the Apple brand and a considerable monthly fee, Apple News suffers from a poor user experience, plus it isn't available on Android.

By default, the app provides access to 150 feeds, as well as easy sharing and saving for any written material you enjoy. Inoreader also offers a subscription plan: a PRO Plan for $9.99 per month or $89.99 per year. While the subscription gives you access to premium features, such as unlimited feeds and article translation, none of them are mandatory to enjoy the content that Inoreader offers.

That said, if you're an avid consumer of information, PressReader offers a monthly subscription that opens up a selection of over 7000 magazines and newspapers. A premium subscription comes out at a rather steep price of $29.99 per month, but you can try the app out for seven days to see if it's worth the money.

With the free version, you get access to current news and some sample magazine content. Or, you can upgrade to Apple News+ for $9.99 per month and get access to hundreds of premium newspapers and magazines, including top titles from the US and around the world.

Magzter has a variety of pricing options. The most popular plan is Magzter Gold, which gives you unlimited access to all 7,500+ titles for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Best of all, you can share your premium account with up to 4 family members.

With a monthly cost of $29.99, PressReader is the most costly magazine reader app on our list. However, it does offer unlimited reading access on up to 5 devices, making it an economical option for couples and families.

But the standard Apple Music plan costs $9.99 every month, which can be pricey for some customers. That's why Apple now offers a cheaper version of Apple Music, which offers all the same songs but less features.

The Apple Music Voice plan only costs $4.99 per month, compared to $9.99 and up for a standard Apple Music subscription. But Apple Music Voice also doesn't include lossless audio, the ability to download songs and listen offline, spatial audio, and more.

On Android, we have plenty of editing apps, but in almost all cases these are trimmed-down versions of many desktop equivalents. Adobe Premiere Rush is a prime example. Designed solely for simple edits, you can create great videos, but the toolset is streamlined and key functions are missing entirely. It also requires a $9.99 per month subscription. It is, however, free as part of a Creative Cloud subscription and has cloud syncing baked in.

Apple Fitness+ costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year, and you get three months free if you buy a new iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. If you're a member of Target Circle, the retailer's loyalty program, you can get a four-month free trial, no purchase necessary.

Apple News+ promises hundreds of magazines a month for just $9.99. That's a fraction of what you would pay to pick up all those titles at a newsstand, or subscribe to the print or digital editions on their own. But the service, which launched March 25, is just not substantial enough, nor really that user-friendly. For some the access to the breadth of titles will be worth the fee. Here's what we found, and what you should consider, before signing up yourself.

Peacock Premium, the paid version of this service normally costs $4.99 per month, or $49.99 per year, and gives you access to a larger library of shows and movies, plus original series, and daily news, sports, and pop culture updates. An ad-free Peacock Premium subscription costs $9.99 per month, or $99.99 per year, although NBC says some Peacock channels, events, TV shows, and movies need to have advertisements due to streaming rights.blogherads.adq.push(function () blogherads.defineSlot( 'medrec', 'gpt-dsk-tab-article-inbody1-uid0' ).setTargeting( 'pos', ["mid-article","mid","in-article1","mid-article1","inbody","inbody1"] ).setSubAdUnitPath("product-recommendations\/article\/inbody1").addSize([[300,250],[620,350],[2,2],[3,3],[2,4],[4,2],[640,250]]););

Sorry, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is not available on HBO Max. There is a lot of content from HBO Max for $14.99 a month, such a subscription is ad-free and it allows you to access all the titles in the library of HBO Max. The streaming platform announced an ad-supported version that costs a lot less at the price of $9.99 per month.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is not available to watch on Peacock at the time of writing. Peacock offers a subscription costing $4.99 a month or $49.99 per year for a premium account. As their namesake, the streaming platform is free with content out in the open, however, limited.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is not on Paramount Plus. Paramount Plus has two subscription options: the basic version ad-supported Paramount+ Essential service costs $4.99 per month, and an ad-free premium plan for $9.99 per month

If you want to get the most out of Lightroom, you can sign up for the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, which includes the photo editing app for desktop, mobile, and web, plus the latest version of Photoshop for $9.99 per month.

Apple News+ also includes some premium digital subscriptions, like theSkimm and TechCrunch, along with two newspapers: the L.A. Times and Wall Street Journal (well, apparently only a subsection of the Journal). Available immediately in the USA, a subscription costs $9.99 per month ($12.99 in Canada, the only other launch country), with no extra outlay for others in your household if you use Family Sharing. Apple plans to roll out Apple News+ to Australia and the UK and this fall, with more of Europe to follow.


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