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Elon Musk Plans to Ask Apple to Remove 30% ‘Internet Tax’

Elon Musk has reignited the conversation about Apple’s commission structure, expressing his intent to engage in a discussion with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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Elon Musk has reignited the conversation about Apple’s commission structure, taking to social media to express his intent to engage in a discussion with Apple CEO Tim Cook. In a recent post on Wednesday, the billionaire entrepreneur stated his intention to converse with Cook regarding the possibility of revising the 30 percent commission that Apple currently levies on in-app purchases.

As it stands, Apple enforces a 30 percent fee on all in-app transactions made on iOS platforms, encompassing subscriptions offered by various entities, including those available through Twitter, or X. Elon Musk’s proposal suggests a modification where Apple would apply the 30 percent commission solely to the portion of the transaction retained by Twitter.

In tandem with this, Musk detailed changes in Twitter’s approach to fees charged to creators. Instead of deducting 10 percent of subscription earnings after a year, Twitter plans to implement a system where this fee is triggered only when earnings surpass $100,000. The initial year would involve no deductions from creators.

Musk’s comments echo sentiments expressed last year when he likened Apple’s fees to an “Internet tax,” leading him to delay the launch of Twitter Blue on iOS to circumvent these charges. During the same period, Musk also claimed that Apple had issued threats to withhold Twitter from the App Store. However, after personal discussions with Tim Cook at Apple’s headquarters, the matter was apparently resolved.

The question now arises: Will Apple consider adjusting its commission framework to accommodate Musk’s perspective?

Apple has previously engaged in high-profile battles with entities like Epic Games and Fortnite over commission rates. Apple has also made selective concessions for certain apps such as Netflix, Spotify, and Kindle, allowing them to link to external websites for account creation. This move followed legal challenges and regulatory scrutiny.

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Curtis LeGeyt: NAB ‘Depend on AM’ Radio Campaign ‘Played Crucial Role’ in Support for Congressional Bill

“We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

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The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act continues to wait to be voted on by both houses of Congress. NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt believes an initiative from the organization played a paramount role in garnering support for the legislation.

In a story authored by the executive for Radio Ink, he made the case that the “Depend on AM” campaign released by the organization was pivotal for Congressional support for the industry.

“The NAB’s Depend on AM campaign has played a crucial role in rallying this support. We’ve emphasized the importance of AM radio not just as a cultural, news and sports hub, but also as the resilient lifeline during emergencies, offering unmatched reach and reliability,” LeGeyt wrote. “This legislation ensures that AM radio remains accessible to all Americans, especially during public safety crises. We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

Curtis LeGeyt claimed more than 250 members of the House of Representatives and 62 Senators have backed the bill that would require automakers to include AM radios in new and electric vehicle models or require manufacturers to inform customers the new model was not equipped with the band.

The NAB has been a vocal proponent of the bill’s passage, with LeGeyt testifying in front of Congress in support of the legislation.

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Local News Becoming Less Prevalent on Radio, New RTDNA Study Shows

68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

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Local news has been a focal point for radio stations for decades. But that may be fading away, a new RTDNA study shows.

65% of commercial stations still air local news in 2024, down slightly from 66.2% in 2023. Non-commercial stations have dropped 12% points in the past two years, down to just 60.7% airing local news.

However, the disconnect appears to come from locally owned stations versus non-locally owned. 68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

Not only are there drops in the number of stations broadcasting local news, but the airtime those updates occupy has also shrunk, according to the RTDNA study.

“The biggest drop in average minutes came in large markets, suggesting that fewer all news or news/talk stations there filled out the Survey this year,” the study states. “Medium markets are down a bit; small markets dropped an average of over 20 minutes per weekday.”

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YouTube Largest Podcast Discovery Platform By Wide Margin, Westwood One Study Shows

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

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In the span of three years, YouTube has gone from the third most popular podcast discovery platform to the top spot, a Westwood One study suggests.

In a study of more than 600 weekly podcast listeners, 31% say YouTube is the most utilized podcast listening platform. 21% say they use Spotify most frequently, while 12% claimed Apple Podcasts was their go-to destination.

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

YouTube’s podcast listening profile is slightly more male-dominated and also younger than the typical Apple Podcasts audience, according to the results from Westwood One Audio Active Group.

Naturally, the majority of Apple and Spotify users utilize smartphones to access their favorite podcasts, while 38% of YouTube’s audience uses computers and televisions for their favorite shows.

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