With a media event scheduled for March 25, Apple’s list of subscription services is about to grow from two — iCloud and Apple Music — to four, including Apple News Magazines and an Apple video service. Since many of the details have already leaked out, I’m wondering what Apple will charge for the new services, and whether people will be willing to pay for them. Apple has a spotty track record on service pricing. Its most popular service, the data-syncing iCloud, has been around since 2011, but took until 2015 to settle into its current four-tier price structure: 5GB of free storage, 50GB for 99 cents per month, 200GB for $2.99 per month, and 2TB (1TB until 2017) for $9.99 per month. Before that, the company offered more tiers and higher price points, including $3.99 and $19.99 options that ultimately disappeared. It’s unclear how many of Apple’s over 782 million iCloud users are paying customers. Despite years of complaints from even ardent Apple … [Read more...] about How much can Apple charge for video, news, and bundled services?
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Apple’s competitors appear to be focusing their energies on undermining the 30% business model that supports its services, with Spotify and others arguing that Apple is taking too much cash and limiting competition.This isn’t just about musicThink about it and it should be pretty clear this isn’t all about the music.After all, Apple pays higher music streaming artist royalties than its competitors and is not arguing that those royalties be cut.Apple also creates the technologies musicians can use to create, distribute, publish and popularize music – competitors just offer digital stores where they try to profit for the work creatives have done, and that’s the end of it.All the same, arguments that Apple should allow third-parties choosing to offer services to its huge, loyal customer base access to that market at no cost have little weight -- you really should compare this to the supermarket retail industry rather than any notional ethic based on phrases … [Read more...] about Apple has a right to charge for space in its digital malls
Things are not like we saw in past especially about the banking sector. A complete paradigm shift has occurred in the global banking sector that is becoming both more strategically focused and technologically advanced with the passage of time. More secure and safe in its response to consumer expectations while trying to defend market share against an increasing range of competitors. A great deal of emphasis is being placed on the digital transformation of core business processes and also it is helpful in reassessing organisational structures and internal systems to be better prepared for the future of banking systems. This transformation exemplifies the increasing craving to become a digital bank instead of traditional and old conventional portals.We can see that different things are quite interesting and helpful in completing routine based tasks. The importance of innovation and developing new solutions that take advantage of data, advanced analytics, digital technologies, and unique … [Read more...] about Top innovative trends that will define digital banking in 2019
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States Postal Service should have more flexibility to raise rates for packages, according to recommendations from a task force set up by President Donald Trump, a move that could hurt profits of Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and other large online retailers. The task force was announced in April to find ways to stem financial losses by the service, an independent agency within the federal government. Its creation followed criticism by Trump that the Postal Office provided too much service to Amazon for too little money. FILE PHOTO - A view shows U.S. postal service mail boxes at a post office in Encinitas, California in this February 6, 2013, file photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files The Postal Service lost almost $4 billion in fiscal 2018, which ended on Sept. 30, even as package deliveries rose. It has been losing money for more than a decade, the task force said, partially because the loss of revenue from letters, bills and other ordinary mail in … [Read more...] about Trump panel wants to give USPS right to hike prices for Amazon, others
Kobo has its work cut out for it. The digital bookshop company reentered the US market this year, teaming up with Walmart to sell Kobo e-readers, the millions of books in its e-book library, and a new audiobook subscription service. The Rakuten-owned company faces stiff competition not just from Amazon, the reigning e-reader and e-book king, but also the looming reality that e-reader technology hasn't changed drastically enough to propel consistent sales growth in recent years. But Kobo is convinced that it can thrive in the US by offering competitive e-readers that feature no ads and by using Walmart's physical and online reach to introduce e-books and audiobooks to new customers. To do this successfully, Kobo needs a few things: solid e-readers at various price points, a vast e-book and audiobook library with deals and incentives that create loyal customers, and, hopefully, unique features that Amazon doesn't have. We tested out the $279 Kobo Forma, one of the company's … [Read more...] about Kobo Forma review: A formidable opponent for Amazon’s Kindle Oasis