Apple just released the new iTunes subscription functionality. A lot of people might not like the rules, but at least Apple finally provided clarity which is a good thing. We at WoodWing are happy that we could work together with Apple on this new feature with Apple and as a result have our customers launch with iTunes subscriptions the same day.
Since then a lot of fuzz has been going around around about Apple's latest move, especially since Google announced One Pass a day later with apparently a better offer for publishers. In all the complaints and comparisons between Apple's iTunes subscription and Google's One Pass many seem to forget 2 crucial things:
Everywhere you look there are events involving the iPad and Tablet Publishing. If there's one event to attend to learn more about Tablet Publishing, make sure you mark your calendars and plan on attending WoodWing's World Tour stop in San Francisco on March 9 at the Hyatt Hotel. The brightest and the best of Tablet Publishing will be on hand. And best of all it's free.
Yesterday Google revealed details about the upcoming Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb release. WoodWing's Digital Magazine App optimized for Android 3.0 was one of Google's showcase Apps!
As you probably know this will be the first Android release developed with tablets in mind. The user-interface is a big step forward and the Xoom device is powerful enough to present a very smooth Digital Magazine experience.
It's nice to see that Google is taking a bit of a different approach than Apple. Whereas Apple goes for the ultimate simplicity, Google goes for a bit more computer-oriented approach with a desktop concept and widgets. This isn't a matter of right or wrong, this will partly attract another audience which is a good thing to further speed up the tablet revolution.
We're looking forward to the release, so publishers can start using our Android 3.0 optimized App.
ABC recently published an article about, in their view, the decline of iPad magazine sales.
It was surprising to see how quickly this article was picked up by other media-oriented blogs. It almost seemed as if some bloggers were relieved by the news, as if it was an indication the tablet revolution would pass by. Well folks, looking at the traffic going through our systems, the revolution has only started!