You're certainly not alone in with your ipad troubles, i quickly subscribed when the newstand version was released but ditched it because of the god-awful future app that surrounds it. My download wasn't quite that bad, but i did have the issue where if i left it the ipad would sleep and effectively close the app meaning i had to restart it - but i think that has been fixed in an update since? The general unresponsiveness and clunkiness to get to the magazine itself though was a complete turn off. I'm sure it'll get better, but as of right now it's a lot more hassle for a (imo) lesser experience.
As for buying the magazine itself, sure the stuff on site is free and no-ones forcing you to buy, but someone still has to write these articles and (i presume) feed themselves when they're released from their daily prison...? I've seen lots of magazines closing recently, both the print edition and the online, and whilst i foresee that in the future the media is going to become more and more digital, there's no way they can all do it for free. Adverts will go some way towards cost but they're also in the print edition so it's questionable how much that covers costs anyway - most people hate online adverts and try to block them anyway so it's hardly a long term solution? Like i said, i'm not judging anyone who doesn't buy, but to find a forum as friendly and helpful as this, both with well written articles and feedback from the guys in the know is rare and even though i've already read 50% of it by the time i get it, still makes the price of the magazine more than worth the entry price, again, in my humble opinion.
Edited twenty times as it seems i was unable to use a keyboard properly when first typing this...
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on 13 Feb 2013, 11:10, edited 2 times in total.
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