Google Launches Paid Digital Content Service

Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 09:40 AM

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Google Inc. has launched a digital content service that gives publishers a substantially better deal that competitor Apple Inc. Google’s One Pass service will charge publishers just 10 percent of revenue compared to the 30 percent cut Apple is taking, The Wall Street Journal reported.

google, paid, digital, contentThe One Pass service will allow access to a variety of publications on different mobile devices and on the Web. Just a day earlier, Apple unveiled it service which is available on its IPhone and iPad devices, the Journal said.

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said, "The publisher is the merchant of record. We don't prevent you from knowing, if you're a publisher, who your customers are, like some other people." He added that the 10 percent fee covers Google’s costs and the "intention is for publishers to make all the money," the Journals reported.

Apple maintains its plan protects user privacy and the higher cost is justified because of the additional subscribers brought to publishers, CEO Steve Jobs said. Another big player, Yahoo, announced its mobile application, Livestand, last week, the Journal said.


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