Smartphones have drastically changed the way we consume news. And mobile news aggregators are the new winners of this race. But while offering an RSS feed, and in some cases, the full content without the publisher’s consent, is helpful to the end-user, it elbows news sources out of the value chain.
In my previous post, I predict that the news industry will follow a similar trend as has digital music and digital video, evolving through a massive delinearization of content on mobile. The success of Yahoo News on the web, cumulating with the facts that six of the top 10 news applications are aggregators on Google Application Store, as are five out of the top 20 apps on US appstores, confirm this trend.