Apple could bar newspapers from giving away free iPad app subscriptions

Newspapers could soon be prevented from giving print subscribers free access to their iPad apps, according to reports.

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Newspapers are being told by Apple that they can no longer offer subscribers to their print editions free access to iPad apps, reports claim.

According to reports on Dutch websites deVolkskrant and nrc.nl, Apple is unhappy that it will miss out on its 30 per cent cut of subscription transactions for apps and will ban the practice after 1 April.

A number of European newspapers have reportedly been approached by Apple, though there have not been any rumours about US newspapers being similarly targeted.

Meanwhile, there is still uncertainty over the forthcoming launch of News Corp's The Daily, an iPad-only newspaper that will cost 99 cents (64p) per week and bring daily news updates to a US audience.

Steve Jobs is rumoured to be personally involved in the project and it is thought that he will even take to the stage at the launch event with News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch, though a 19 January launch looks doubtful. It is thought that problems with the App Store's subscription system, rather than the app itself, are behind the uncertainty over the launch.

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