CNN Charging For Its iPhone App

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  1. HardOCP News

    HardOCP News [H] News

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    Raise your hand if you think this is going to work.

     
  2. Azhar

    Azhar Fixing stupid since 1972

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    1. Open iPhone browser.
    2. Go to http://m.cnn.com
    3. Hit the + button and select "Add to Home Screen"

    You have a CNN link - for free.
     
  3. T4rd

    T4rd [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I'm afraid they're going to be sorely disappointed.

    +1 to Azhars' post. WTF is the logic behind using the app?! Just use the site! lol
     
  4. moshpit

    moshpit Limp Gawd

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    Thank you Azhar. Exactly what I was thinking.
     
  5. Bone_Enterprise

    Bone_Enterprise Enter in the Rear

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    The type of people that actually got this app to begin with will probably pay the $1.99.
     
  6. vengence

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    that's nice CNN. I didn't watch you anyways.
     
  7. criccio

    criccio Fully Equipped

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    Waiting for the Fox News app?
     
  8. magoo

    magoo [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Why don't we all just send 1.99 to CNN...........????:eek::eek:

    What a dopey idea..........for now.

    Soon we are going to have to pay for everything.

    Who would have thought people would pay for a bottle of water????
     
  9. vengence

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    Wow you jump to conclusions faster than fox or CNN combined don't you? I don't watch that crap either.
     
  10. PunditGuy

    PunditGuy Limp Gawd

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    I'm sure the RNC has a press release RSS feed you could subscribe to instead.
     
  11. Azhar

    Azhar Fixing stupid since 1972

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    That reminds me of the movie Live Free and Die Hard.

    McClane: You got something against the news too?
    Farrel: Are you kidding me? The news is made for just one purpose - fear.
     
  12. P4rD0nM3

    P4rD0nM3 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Does buying the app guarantee 'legs'?
     
  13. turb0

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    I second this 3 step FREE process!
     
  14. MeTaSpARKs

    MeTaSpARKs [H]ard|Gawd

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    I think they are trying to get all the people who "want to buy Apple apps" and quickly would just click on buy... because they like CNN and don't understand this is just a substitute for what you can get for free.
     
  15. nutzo

    nutzo [H]ardness Supreme

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    A fool and his money are easily parted........
     
  16. gwarren007

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    You get the CNN exclusives as they happen!!!! All For 1.99/mo!!!

    (i made that up) :D
     
  17. [Retaliation]

    [Retaliation] Limp Gawd

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    greed,greed,and more greed,its insane how much $ these clowns think they are entitled too.
    blows my mind why anyone would pay for this,if u want news updates on your notebook,do they charge for that? NO! so wtf gives them the right to charge for it on any other medium?
     
  18. Nemesis999

    Nemesis999 2[H]4U

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    Errr, wait.

    So it's greed when a news agency wants to be paid for its work?
     
  19. Monkey God

    Monkey God Mangina Full of Sand

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    yes, esp when you get it for free elsewhere
     
  20. Gott

    Gott [H]ardness Supreme

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    Why are people genuinely upset that CNN is charging for a developed application to bring in some more revenue?
     
  21. The Donut

    The Donut 2[H]4U

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  22. Nemesis999

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    Oh, so it's not that it's greedy for them to charge for it.

    It's greedy because they give something away for free too.

    That makes sense.
     
  23. Azhar

    Azhar Fixing stupid since 1972

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    It's not that we're upset. It's just we're confused as to why CNN is doing this when you can easily perform the 3 steps I made in my first post.

    CNN is obviously preying on the ignorant.
     
  24. The Donut

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    From what I understand, the application allows for a much more integrated, smoother and generally easier experience to browse the news and watch video.
     
  25. Monkey God

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    You work in marketing do ya?
     
  26. Azhar

    Azhar Fixing stupid since 1972

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    When you go to http://m.cnn.com on the iPhone there's a tab on top that says "Latest News" and "Audio/Video" and under that there's a drop menu "Select a Section" which pops up a rotary dial that lets you select your news category - World, Politics, US, and so on.

    It doesn't get any easier than that.
     
  27. Nemesis999

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    I think this is more of a case of the ignorant preying on CNN...
    God forbid they offer a superior service for those who want to pay for it! :rolleyes:




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  28. Azhar

    Azhar Fixing stupid since 1972

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    So they dressed it up and called it an app. I'm happy for them.

    I go to CNN to read the news, not look at purty interfaces. BTW I'm fully aware of the way the app looks.
     
  29. Nemesis999

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    That's good for you.

    it's TWO DOLLARS.

    Some people are willing to pay $2 for some small features. Just because YOU don't have use for a feature doesn't mean that the product is useless.
     
  30. Azhar

    Azhar Fixing stupid since 1972

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    Wrong!
    It's ONE NINETY NINE!, not two dollars. Get it right. :-P
     
  31. [Retaliation]

    [Retaliation] Limp Gawd

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    cuz i can watch the news on umteen other mediums for nothing,cuz its an iphone now all of a sudden 1.99 doesnt seem so bad? we as consumers pay enough,we work hard enough,and pay enough, I dunno bout you,but im a middle class worker,and im sick of it.
     
  32. Monkey God

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    Listen if people are stupid enough to buy it, more power to CNN. But CNN is still being sneaky for doing it.
     
  33. Nemesis999

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    Pay enough for what? What else are you going to do with money except pay for things? If you don't want it, don't buy it. Why should ANY organization work to provide you for something for free, comrade?
     
  34. FoBZY

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    fixed.
     
  35. darkhunter139

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    I heard the app had advertising in it too which is pretty lame for a paid app.

    I dont mind ads in most places but they get annoying in iPhone apps sometimes.
     
  36. magoo

    magoo [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Because they have advertising revenue to do that.

    Choice: CNN for 1.99
    Fox for free,ABC for free,NBC for free,CBS for free...............gee I don't know???:eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
  37. HOCP4ME

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    MSNBC FTW! :p
     
  38. Nemesis999

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    No they don't.

    Web news has never produced a revenue stream that could actually support the business. It had always been a medium to grab new customers for their more profitable business models. With people mass-migrating to their websites the entire news industry is trying to figure out how to squeeze enough revenue out of their websites to support the business.
     
  39. Ryokurin

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    News is charging 2 dollars a week for WSJ, I wouldn't doubt that Fox would eventually charge as News's goal for next year is to monetize all of their publications on the web. I wouldn't doubt that the others would try something similar if this works, or attempt to make money with more intrusive ads. Could CNN had done more? Yes, but they aren't going to erode or anger their content providers. Fox is in the same boat. The networks have to worry about angering their affiliates. There's only so much everyone can do without rocking the boat too much.
     
  40. nilepez

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    I'm not clear why so many are upset. I'm not sure what makes it worth 2 bucks + a sub, but for some it may be worth it. It's like a week or 2 ago when people bitched about the Wall Street Journal charging for mobile access and practically screaming that it will never work (even though the Journal has been charging for full access to their website from day one).

    Journalists don't work for free. Cameramen don't work for free. Oh sure there's ads, but I bet more than have of the people here block most, if not all, banner ads.

    If [H] had to provide all of it's content, instead of one every few days, they'd have to charge.

    It's not like they're asking for a ton of money. 2 bucks for the app is not a big deal. It may not be worth getting, but if it's well written app with a solid UI/Experience, then it might be worth it.

    Surely it's a better value than a cup of coffee (which often costs more).