Officials Investigate Apple Music for Antitrust Violations, Universal Music Denies Wrongdoing

Officials Investigate Apple Music for Antitrust Violations, Universal Music Denies Wrongdoing

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New York and Connecticut attorney generals are continuing an 'industry-wide' investigation over Apple's possible violation of antitrust laws while negotiating Apple Music. This isn't the first time we've heard reports that Apple was being investigated for anticompetitive business practices. Last month, the Department of Justice was looking into Apple for reportedly working to end free, ad-sponsred music streaming tiers.

The attorneys general wanted to know whether Apple pressured the music labels — or whether the labels conspired with Apple and one another — to withdraw support for popular “freemium” services offered by companies like Spotify in favor of Apple’s paid music subscriptions.

Universal Music Group today responded to the attorneys initial inquiry stating that they have no agreements with Apple or other labels that would hurt the availability of free or ad-supported music streaming services. UMG added that it “shares the attorneys general’s commitment to a robust and competitive market for music streaming services in the mutual best interest of consumers, artists, services and content companies alike — and we have a long track record to that effect.”

Both these attorney generals were involved in the E-Books price-fixing investigation -- where Apple was found guilty of conspiring to fix e-book prices.

Apple Music, which features unlimited streaming, connect, and more, is set to launch on June 30 with iOS 8.4. Subscriptions start at $10/month, or $15 for the entire family (up to 6).

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Officials Investigate Apple Music for Antitrust Violations, Universal Music Denies Wrongdoing
TheGoodGuy - June 10, 2015 at 7:01pm
If you don't use their service for 1 month you can go out and buy an album...by the end of the year, you'll have 12
FPM - June 10, 2015 at 2:54pm
I'd pay anything for that.
Judge Dreed - June 10, 2015 at 2:24pm
The attorneys are ambulance chasers and simply looks for anything when it comes to profit. Before it even launch, they are all over it. An expensive counter sue should be in play for misrepresentations.
Woz - June 11, 2015 at 8:22am
Seeing how they did that with ebooks it stands to reason they would try it with music.
Moron - June 11, 2015 at 11:54am
Yeah like iTunes app that no one has complained will unexpectedly become ebooks.
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