Google Hurls One Pass Gauntlet at Apple

Barely had the ink dried on Apple’s press release yesterday announcing its subscription service when Google threw down the gauntlet today with its rival One Pass service for the struggling community of content publishers.

At first glance, One Pass (powered by Google’s CheckOut payment system) looks like a better option for content publishers compared to the extortionist gimme, gimme 30% demanded by Apple.

Besides taking only 10% of the transaction value, Google’s terms are also more publisher friendly. For instance, publishers have greater access to their subscriber information.

Also, readers buying from a One Pass publisher can access their content on tablets, smartphones and web sites via a single sign-on with an email and password.

One Pass lets publishers experiment with different models — offering subscriptions, metered access, “freemium” content or single articles for sale from their web sites or mobile apps. The service also allows publishers to provide existing print subscribers free (or discounted) access to digital content.

One Pass is currently available in France, Germany, Spain, the UK, US and Canada.

Will It Fly?
We’re skeptical that One Pass or the Apple service will mean much for publishers because of consumers’ stubborn refusal to pay for most online content.

And with the cornucopia of free porn sites, we doubt even the cum-and-get-me-girls are making money from their online calisthenics.

The carnage that’s already hit the U.S. print news media will only get worse.

2 Responses to "Google Hurls One Pass Gauntlet at Apple"

  1. rama dasa   February 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    to all my sikh “friends” on SI, please sign this petition to ban anti-sikh facebook groups like”My turban only comes off during sex” and “how long are this turban jokes going to curry on for” or even worse”my turban brings the girls to the yard and they’re like”mohamad your hard”!! this is an attempt to remove the misconception that sikh’s are muslims and are in league with bin laden (this propaganda is what caused that poor fellow in arizona to get killed) Responds:

    Any truth to the rumors that Sikh farmers remove their turbans in the fields and use it as a loin cloth? 😉

    • rama dasa   February 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      i dont know,im not a sikh,but my “boss”(i mean that in the sense that i only work odd jobs for him) doesnt wear a turban and has short hair,for some reason many NRI sikh’s have cut their hair (their head hair). changing the subject has anyone else seen”jail” (made in 2010 or 2009 i think) i thought it was depressing as hell for the most part and the only decent song was”saiyave”!!! Responds:

      We don’t know nothing about Jail but we’re preparing to watch the Chinese movie A World Without Thieves on Netflix Instant play.

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