Apple changes the rules. Will you win or lose?

iPads lined up on shelves at the Apple store in London.

What Apple's plan boils down to is that if you purchase an iPad version of a newspaper or magazine, Apple gets a 30 percent cut. If you buy more issues while on the iPad or if you choose to subscribe within the app, Apple gets a 30 percent cut.

Content providers can offer their own subscriptions and Apple gets nothing off those BUT there can be no external links within the iPad version to, say, a browser where you can buy it on your own.

Also, the iPad subscription price needs to be the same or lower than the outside price.

The real dust-up here is not the magazines, however; it's services like Rhapsody or Netflix or Kindle or Spotify or Hulu Plus. Suddenly, they're faced with either making a lot less money, losing money, or jacking up their rates to accommodate Apple's demands. It doesn't take much detective work to realize that Apple has its own competitors to all these services.

Meanwhile, Google has come out with a plan of its own wherein they would take just 10 percent while serving up content on phones, tablets, and computers.

We unpack what this all means to you on the program today. Are you going to see higher prices? Less selection? Are you going to be able to do the things on your phone, tablet and computer that you want to do?

We speak to Molly Wood, executive editor at CNET.com. She lays out exactly how the plan works. We also talk to news industry analyst Ken Doctor about how the real prize for Apple might not be your money but your user data.

Also in this program, Smurfs may be wreaking havoc on your phone. You heard me.

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John Moe is the host of Marketplace Tech Report, where he provides an insightful overview of the latest tech news.
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"Apple is the most innovative brand of the world."
I think you need to substantiate that claim. Obviously you've not seen HP's WebOS platform. And you should check out google's "Lab" page where they have all their experimental products.
Now THAT'S some innovation.
Also, Apples "innovation" always seems to be very narrowly dictated by whatever Steve Jobs thinks is innovative.
Apple doesn't offer a lot of customizable choice to their consumers. If you aren't a fan of their singular design choices, then it seems they say "too bad for you".
Open source platforms are always going to be more innovative by nature than tightly controlled cults of personality like Apple.

Apple is the most innovative brand of the world. They had introduced many stunning gadgets to the market. They possess the heavy market share. Now they are offering very awesome deals to their consumers in form of sensible discounts that are enough to magnetize the user. I think this offer will contribute a lot to increase the market share.

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