WSJ: Print content going on back burner for iPad launch

The iPad might not be the next-generation magazine and newspaper reader some were expecting. At least not initially. Apple CEO Steve Jobs seemed to skirt that topic entirely at the device’s unveiling, and now, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is instead focusing on TV shows and other content for the device’s launch.

Here’s the tasty nugget of news, straight from the WSJ piece:

Yet the company is still negotiating with media companies for a price cut on TV shows that people can download onto the device, said people familiar with the matter. Apple also hoped to work closely with newspaper, magazines and textbook publishers on new ways to digitally present print content on the iPad, but has for now put the effort on backburner in favor of focusing on other content, said one of those people.

The Journal also says Apple is scrambling to finish negotiations ahead of the iPad’s April 3 ship date, which is now just over two weeks away.

That’s not to say all newspaper publishers are turning up their noses at the iPad, however. The guys at TechEye have come upon a video interview with News Corp Chairman, CEO, and founder Rupert Murdoch, who seems quite enthusiastic about the upcoming tablet. Murdoch predicted, “All media is going to go on to the iPad, whether it be music or books or newspapers or movies, you’ll be able to get it on your iPad.”

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    • henfactor
    • 13 years ago

    … Or flash can die a miserable death. I choose the latter.

    • albundy
    • 13 years ago

    yeah, i didnt expect print media companies to bow down to apple, and i highly doubt jobs will agree to any of their terms.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 13 years ago

    oh you think that’s going to stop it from showing up in tech news, do you?

    • Jigar
    • 13 years ago

    Nvidia and apple are good friends…

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    “That concludes our Halloween show for this year. I just wanna say that for those watching this network, you are all going to Hell. And that includes FX, Fox Sports, and our newest Devil’s portal, the Wall Street Journal. Welcome to the club! “

    • PRIME1
    • 13 years ago

    I guess the iPad is not as absorbent as some had hoped.

    • PeterD
    • 13 years ago

    Computers are so powerfull these days, that aiming that at reading newspapers looks a bit like using a atom bom to kill a fly.
    No wonder SJ is thinking about television.

    • w00tstock
    • 13 years ago

    I feel the same way about all the tegra2 tablets. I want one with a pixel qi display! JUST MAKE IT!

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 13 years ago

    Murdoch is talking out his arse again. Apple/Jobs is just not going to let pr0n get on their precious iPad, which is not to say someone else can’t.

    • Sanctusx2
    • 13 years ago

    All they have to do is add flash support…and a whole market of entertainment options becomes ripe for the picking!

    • Shining Arcanine
    • 13 years ago

    Every time I see iPad news, I think it is old news because all of the hype involved with it made me think people could already buy it. I wish Apple would just release it already so it would stop appearing in the news.

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