News Corp and Apple push back The Daily launch

As reported earlier this week Rupert Murdoch and Apple CEO Steve Jobs had been planning to jointly launch News Corporation’s iPad newspaper, The Daily, next week on January 19. Not so, apparently.

AllThingsD is reporting that the launch of The Daily has now been delayed by a number of weeks although no official reason has been given.

The site says the issue is not with the hotly awaited iPad app itself, which has been widely shown off by News Corp execs, but with a new subscription based feature Apple is building into iTunes.

“Apple and News Corp have made a joint decision to push back next week’s planned launch, according to sources familiar with the companies’ plans. The delay is supposed to give Apple time to tweak its new subscription service for publications sold through its iTunes platform.

Plans to debut the iPad newspaper at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art next Wednesday have been tabled ‘for weeks, not months,’ I’m told,” AllThingsD reports.