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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 02/16/2011

Google launches subscription service -- Google One Pass

By Hayley Tsukayama

One day after Apple introduced its controversial subscription service, Google has announced that it will also offer a subscription service for digital content, called Google One Pass.

"With Google One Pass, publishers can customize how and when they charge for content while experimenting with different models to see what works best for them--offering subscriptions, metered access, 'freemium' content or even single articles for sale from their websites or mobile apps," Google wrote in its official blog. "The service also lets publishers give existing print subscribers free (or discounted) access to digital content. We take care of the rest, including payments technology handled via Google Checkout."

Customers who use One Pass will have single sign-on access to content on tablets, smartphones and Web sites with an e-mail and password. The service also lets publishers authenticate existing subscribers.

The service is available in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Publishers in these countries can submit their information on Google's Web site.

12:37 p.m. Google will keep 10 percent of One Pass revenue, the Guardian and other news sites report--considerably less than Apple's 30 percent share.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 16, 2011; 11:25 AM ET
Categories:  Apple, Google  
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Wow, that really makes a LOT of sense dude, Seriously.

Posted by: clermontpc | February 16, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: eadlman | February 16, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

So, as a content provider or Internet journalist, whatever you might call those of us who write for media and/or corporate sites, how does this affect us?

Can we sell our content through Apple or AOL -- and they keep their vig and we get the rest of the subscription payment?

Tell us more.

Posted by: lld123 | February 16, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Whoops not AOL. I meant Google. Duh.

Posted by: lld123 | February 16, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Please find someone who can explain how what is happening affects us internet users. Thank you.

Posted by: llrllr | February 17, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

This does make a lot of sense. It might be the only way to save journalism in this country. If we want good reporting to exist, someone's gotta pay for it.

Posted by: Dan4 | February 17, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

My understanding is that One Pass and the 10% fee is for web-based subscriptions. Apple allows web-based subscriptions, too, with a 0% fee. Sure, Apple is requiring an in-app option to be available, too, but in that case the 30% they charge is no different than the 30% Google charges for the Android Market.

Posted by: clvande | February 17, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

This just another way to see how much free stuff that exists now, they can charge for later. Google needs to keep it's stockholders happy and wealthy. By coming up with a subscription service for what already exists and by requiring any further free things to be part of the subscription service Google creates yet a few more pennies for themselves and moves one more step closer to controlling content. Remember the golden rule: "he who has the gold makes the rules!"

Posted by: NaedAtnab | February 17, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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