Apple is reportedly asking publishers for permission to record audio of their stories to include in its News Plus app, according to Digiday. The publication says it spoke with four publishers that heard the offer. Apple would cover the costs of production and compensate publishers similarly to how it does for written articles: 50 percent of subscriber revenue goes to publishers based on how much time subscribers spent with publishers’ content in a 30-day period.
Digiday’s sources say that Apple initially wanted permission to record any story it wanted, but publishers are now looking to pitch the company their own works because of intellectual property concerns. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update if we hear back.
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