For many users (myself included), Newsstand is simply one of those frustrating iOS apps that you can’t really get rid of. But for newspapers and magazines, it’s an important way to get their produce out to millions of users — at the cost of 30% of each issue going to Apple. Now, one of the final stalwart holdouts against the service has crumbled, and the Wall Street Journal has come to Newsstand.
This means you can now subscribe to the WSJ using your AppleID (and any credit you have on your account), and Apple will get 1/3 of that money.
According to CNET, there are two subscription options available, a $12.99 a month version that only works for the iPhone, and one for $21.99 a month including tablet and web access.
However, as you might expect, not everyone enjoys the change, and the reviews of the Wall Street Journal app are now less than enthusiastic.
Here’s the official description of what’s new.
Newsstand & Alerts
- WSJ is now in Newsstand! Get new issues automatically delivered to your device overnight. To use Newsstand, tap ‘Allow’ when prompted.
- Note: WSJ App icon will now appear in the Newsstand Folder.
- Breaking News Alerts from WSJ. To get alerts, tap ‘Allow’ when prompted.
- Purchase a monthly subscription to WSJ through your iTunes account. With a digital subscription you get access to iPad, iPhone, WSJ.com and more.