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A year ago, Apple acquired the digital newsstand app Texture to form the basis of its new subscription-based service, Apple News+, which launched on Monday. As some have expected, the standalone Texture app will soon shut down as a result. According to emails sent to current Texture subscribers pointing to a FAQ on the company’s website, Texture’s last day of service will be May 28, 2019. Existing customers will be offered a one-month free trial to Apple News+ to make the jump.

A closure like this was bound to come. It doesn’t make sense for Apple to continue to operate both Texture and Apple News.

But not everyone is thrilled about this change, of course.

Specifically, Android users and other subscribers without any Apple devices will now no longer have a way to access Texture, they’ve realized. That means they’ll lose access to the service entirely when it closes down in May (unless they buy a Mac or iOS device.)

These customers were early adopters of subscription-based news reading. Many have had their Texture accounts for years. And it’s clear that most were holding out hope that Apple would launch a web or Android version of Apple News, or at least continue to operate Texture until such a thing was ready.

It wouldn’t have been entirely unprecedented for Apple to go this route.

Apple today runs an Apple Music Android app, for example, and offers an Android app for its Beats Pill speakers. It also provides desktop software to non-Mac users with iTunes for Windows, for example. And with the launch of Apple TV+, the company is seemingly embracing non-Apple platforms by rolling out an Apple TV app to Vizio, Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.

It’s also a bit surprising that Texture’s existing customers aren’t being offered a better incentive to switch to Apple News+, as a way to reward their loyalty or to make up for the frustrations around having to switch apps — especially since their favorites and collections will not transition to the Apple News app. Instead, the Texture email says they’ll be offered a “one month free trial” to test out the service. That’s the same deal all new Apple News+ subscribers get.

After the first month, the subscription will auto-renew at $9.99 per month.

Apple News+, however, does deliver more value than Texture, in terms of content selection.

Instead of only offering access to hundreds of magazines for one low subscription price, Apple News+ subscribers can also read articles from a handful of newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Toronto Star, as well as online publications like theSkimm, The Highlight by Vox, New York Magazine’s site Vulture, The Cut and Grub Street. TechCrunch’s own subscription product, Extra Crunch, is also participating in Apple News+.

It’s also available for the Mac for the first time.

That doesn’t help non-Apple customers, though.

Those losing access to Texture as a result of Apple’s decision to make Apple News+ an Apple device-only service do at least have something of an alternative with Scribd. Its subscription service offers unlimited access to audiobooks, e-books and magazines for $8.99/month, or can be bundled with The NYT for $12.99/month. However, it doesn’t have the same range of magazines as Texture, so switchers may lose access to several of their favorite titles.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/29/apple-to-close-texture-on-may-28-following-launch-of-apple-news/

Publisher of music magazine consulting about redundancies, while title will continue online

The NME is to cease publication in print after 66 years, the weekly music title joining a growing list of once mighty magazine brands that now only exist online.

The NME.com website will continue, replacing the print editions cover star interview with a new weekly digital franchise, the Big Read.

The NME will continue to keep a sporadic presence in print with special issues such as its paid-for series NME Gold, to cater for music stars appetite for appearing in a printed product.

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In 2015, the magazine stopped being a paid title after a decade of sales declines saw its circulation drop to just 15,000. It relaunched as an ad-funded, free title with a circulation of 300,000 in a last throw of the strategic dice for the print edition.

Our move to free print has helped propel the brand to its biggest ever audience on NME.com, said Paul Cheal, the UK group managing director, music, at NME publisher Time Inc UK. We have also faced increasing production costs and a very tough print advertising market. It is in the digital space where effort and investment will focus to secure a strong future for this famous brand.

Time is consulting with the NMEs 23 editorial and commercial staff about possible redundancies.

NME, which has been printed weekly since 1952, managed to make money as a brand overall through spin-off activities such as awards and events.

The first front cover of the magazine featured the Goons, Big Bill Bronzy and Ted Heath and cost sixpence. When the magazine went free in 2015 the cover price had risen to 2.60.

Early readers of the magazine included John Lennon, Malcolm McLaren and T Rex frontman Marc Bolan, while its writers have included Bob Geldof and Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde. The film director, Michael Winner, was NMEs film critic in the 1950s and 60s.

NMEs sales peaked at almost 307,000 in 1964 when the magazine was a must-read for keeping up with the latest exploits of the Beatles and Rolling Stones.

The magazine hit what is regarded as its golden age in the 70s, becoming a cheerleader for punk and then a champion for the the new wave and indie acts that flourished in its wake, including Joy Division and the Smiths.

In the 90s, NME was at the forefront of Britpop, amping up the media-hyped rivalry between Blur and Oasis with its heavyweight championship cover in August 1995 when rival singles Country House and Roll With It were released.

The magazine whose initials stand for New Musical Express began to feel the pressure in the noughties as music listings went online and music discovery started moving to services such as Spotify. This was exacerbated by the wider issue of readers moving to digital media, resulting in the falling sales and ad revenue that have claimed many other magazine titles in the past decade.

NME will also be exploring other opportunities to bring its best-in-class music journalism to market in print, Time said.

The closure of the weekly comes a week after Time, which also publishes titles including Marie Claire and Country Life, was sold to private equity group Epiris in a 130m deal.

Epiris had been expected to sell or restructure a number of titles the company said it wanted to bring clarity and simplicity to the magazine portfolio with the print edition of NME known to have been loss-making for a number of years.

Our global digital audience has almost doubled over the past two years, said Keith Walker, the digital director of NME. By making the digital platforms our core focus we can accelerate the amazing growth weve seen and reach more people than ever before on the devices theyre most naturally using.

In October, Cond Nast, the publisher of Glamour magazine, shocked the market announcing that the UKs 10th biggest magazine would stop printing monthly. Instead, it is focusing on a digital-first strategy with a print edition just twice a year.

Print title closures

2004: The Face

2009: I.D, Arena, Maxim

2011: Sugar

2014: Nuts, Bliss

2015: Loaded, Zoo, Company

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/mar/07/nme-ceases-print-edition-weekly-music-magazine

Sir Paul McCartney says photo of woman breastfeeding inspired him to write song

Sir Paul McCartney has spoken of his inspiration for the Beatles song Lady Madonna: a photograph of a woman breastfeeding her child in National Geographic.

McCartney said he was inspired to write the song, which reached the top of the charts in 1968, after seeing then image in the magazine in the 1960s.

National Geographics January 1965 issue included a photograph entitled Mountain Madonna, of a woman whose way of life was threatened, with one child at her breast and another laughing up at her.

She looked very proud and she had a baby … And I saw that as a kind of Madonna thing, mother and child, McCartney said.

Sometimes you see pictures of mothers and you go: shes a good mother. You could just tell theres a bond and it just affected me, that photo. So I was inspired to write Lady Madonna, my song, from that photo.

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Sir Paul McCartney performs in in Tinley Park, Illinois, as part of his latest tour. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images

The musician also spoke of not getting tired after a long live performance, even at 75.

I think I feel very healthy and I do shows three hours long and I dont feel knackered at the end of it. I still feel strong, he said.

The singer, a vegetarian for decades, was speaking to National Geographics editor in chief, Susan Goldberg, about his Meat Free Monday campaign and new documentary short.

The film features daughters Mary and Stella McCartney, as well as actors Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson.

McCartney, discussing the effect of livestock agriculture on climate change, said: Were on this incredible planet and there doesnt appear to be another one within sight.

One Day A Week is released on Friday on YouTube.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/nov/02/inspiration-for-the-beatles-lady-madonna-national-geographic-paul-mccartney

Les Inrockuptibles apologises for suffering caused, after angry backlash to edition featuring singer who beat Marie Trintignant to death

French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles has been criticised as disgusting for putting Bertrand Cantat, the singer convicted of murdering his girlfriend, on its front cover.

Cantat was found guilty of murdering actor Marie Trintignant in 2003 and served four years of an eight-year jail sentence. The court was told he hit Trintignant repeatedly in the head and waited for several hours before calling emergency services. She died in hospital.

les inrocks (@lesinrocks)

Cantat en son nom: demain dans les Inrocks https://t.co/HbDhuCquJL pic.twitter.com/aU0xyAuzUR

October 10, 2017

Cantat was released on parole in 2007 and is currently promoting a new album.

The decision by Inrockuptibles to make Cantat its cover star drew criticism online, with Twitter users quick to condemn the move.

Romain Barrilliot (@skacky)

So nice of Les Inrocks to have wife beater and murderer Bertrand Cantat on their cover as if he’s redeemed somehow. https://t.co/DFZm7rZ3Xp

October 11, 2017

Caspar Salmon (@CasparSalmon)

Appalled and sickened to see the murderer Bertrand Cantat on the cover of @lesinrocks to promote his new album. Beyond disgusting.

October 11, 2017

Frances Elle magazine responded with an editorial titled Au nom de Marie (In the name of Marie).

ELLE (@ELLEfrance)

“Au nom de Marie” : notre dito pour toutes les femmes victimes de la violence des hommes https://t.co/viVwOvdrJC pic.twitter.com/mx4cgChjSX

October 17, 2017

In the editorial, the magazine said, Marie Trintignant died under the blows of Bertrand Cantat. Today she is a symbol her face has become that of all the female victims of the violence of men. The face of the 123 women killed by their spouse last year.

The editorial went on to commend women who have spoken out against their attackers, saying Trintignant represented the women harassed or assaulted 216,000 complaints filed in 2016, as well as those who had come out against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Les Inrockuptibles responded to criticism in a letter to its readers on Tuesday. The magazine acknowledged the timing of the cover, which was released as the Weinstein case was exploding, was inopportune, adding: The suffering that this cover may have caused deeply touched us.

It went on: To put him on the cover was questionable. To those who felt wounded, we express our sincere regrets.

The issue of sexual violence and harassment has been making headlines in France following the Weinstein scandal.

On Sunday, French president Emmanuel Macron said he would be stripping Weinstein of the prestigious Lgion DHonneur award.

On Monday, Frances gender equality minister Marlne Schiappa announced plans for new laws aimed at cracking down on sexual violence and harassment. The proposed laws include on-the-spot fines for catcalling and lecherous behaviour in public.

On Twitter, French speakers have been sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and violence under the hashtag #balancetonporc, meaning expose your pig. The first lady, Brigitte Macron, praised women for breaking the silence.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/18/french-murderer-bertrand-cantat-magazine-cover-marie-trintignant