Senator Elizabeth Warren Accuses Apple of Using Its Size to 'Snuff Out Competition', Spotify Agrees

Senator Elizabeth Warren Accuses Apple of Using Its Size to 'Snuff Out Competition', Spotify Agrees

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has accused Apple, Amazon, and Google of using their size to 'snuff out competition', reports Re/code.

In a speech about the perils of “consolidation and concentration” throughout the economy Warren accused each company of using their powerful platforms to “lock out smaller guys and newer guys.”

According to the Senator, Google uses “its dominant search engine to harm rivals of its Google Plus user review feature”; Apple “has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive streaming services” that compete with Apple Music; and Amazon “uses its position as the dominant bookseller to steer consumers to books published by Amazon to the detriment of other publishers.”

“Google, Apple and Amazon have created disruptive technologies that changed the world, and ... they deserve to be highly profitable and successful,” Warren said. “But the opportunity to compete must remain open for new entrants and smaller competitors that want their chance to change the world again.”

Although Apple, Google, and Amazon refused to comment, Spotify had some choice words about Apple.

“Apple has long used its control of iOS to squash competition in music, driving up the prices of its competitors, inappropriately forbidding us from telling our customers about lower prices, and giving itself unfair advantages across its platform through everything from the lock screen to Siri. You know there’s something wrong when Apple makes more off a Spotify subscription than it does off an Apple Music subscription and doesn’t share any of that with the music industry. They want to have their cake and eat everyone else’s too.”

More details in the full report linked below...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Accuses Apple of Using Its Size to 'Snuff Out Competition', Spotify Agrees

King Rollo - July 2, 2016 at 7:34am
If competition is fully free and open, I wonder if her husband gets the sleep around? Competition is free and open right? Oh, hang you need boundarys......?
Za - June 30, 2016 at 10:19pm
She's an idiot. There's no way in he11 I'm buying some phone from some little startup, or from whomever has Warren's ear, whining because they can't make a product that will sell. There's a reason Apple is big, and Google is big, and that's because most consumers won't take the risk of spending $600 on a phone from someone who may not be around in a year. Put out a reasonable product at a reasonable price, and show that you're going to be around for a few years, and you can do what Microsoft did with their phone. It takes a huge chunk of money, and a lot of leverage with the carriers to gain acceptance, and it has to be a GOOD product to make it. Look at the Ubuntu phones. Been hearing about them for years. Anyone seen one yet? Do you think Apple and Google are putting down the Ubuntu phone with brutish business tactics? They don't need to. The people won't buy it in quantity. I hate it when politicians like to make press releases to try and stir up trouble.
clown - June 30, 2016 at 7:36pm
They company buyouts are voted on by the shareholders or a majority of the owners. That is the way it should work.
clown - June 30, 2016 at 7:34pm
Exactly they were for sale in 90"s for 3-4 million. They hired thousands of people and becam a very successful company. The fact they are successful is nothing to be ashamed of just like amazon. That is how business survive. , many can not deal with factz pure jealousy.
Mirza Fazal Ahmad - June 30, 2016 at 7:23pm
Not very long ago, they were no one. They achieved their position through hard work and innovation. New entrants should do the same to prove themselves instead of asking for mercy.
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