Apple responds to price fixing allegations, says “simply not true”

Apple responds to price fixing allegations, says “simply not true”
It has been two days since the US Department of Justice filed charges against Apple and several publishers accusing them of price fixing.

Antitrust experts say the DOJ has more of a case against the actual publishers than against Apple. Experts have pointed out that Apple only holds a mere 10% of the eBook market, whereas Amazon retains the majority of the control with its 90% share of the market. They also note that reports suggest that Apple did not attend the meetings where the publishers decided to fix the pricing on eBooks.

While three of the publishers have opted to settle with the DOJ, Apple is looking to stand its ground.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayer released the following statement in response to the allegations:


source: AllThingsD

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29 Comments

1. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

yup cheap as a million dollars I would say

2. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Crooks!!!

24. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Apple help break Amazon's stranglehold on e-books. Somehow, the DOJ forgot to look at this fact. How can Apple be anti-competitive when Apple is challenging Amazon's monopolistic behavior? DOJ will lose easily based on the merits of the case. If the DOJ didn't go after Amazon, and now it goes after Apple, it creates a double standard.

26. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

e-books were cheaper when amazon introduced the kindle (first generation). after the publishers and supposedly "apple", the price rocketed up. i take it you don't read much.......

3. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

In the same way as catching a child holding a marker standing in front of the wall they just drew on and saying "did you write on the wall?", both Apple and the child respond in the same way......."NOT ME"

21. stealthd unregistered

For your analogy to be accurate, it would have to be the publishers holding the marker.

25. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

darth8ball, that is a HORRIBLE and butched analogy as expected by the android camp. Apple is using an agency model -- Apple doesn't set the price of the books but Apple wants to ability to match lower prices. In summary, darth8ball, PLEASE work on your skills in using corollaries. Sheesh.

4. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

"You're doing it wrong" - Apple

5. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

LMAO, truly awesome. What a disgusting vile company.

6. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

hidden message of apple... "Stop it or I'll sue you!" hehehe... lol...

7. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Hmmmm...reports of antenna faults in the iphone 4 and heating problems in the new ipad simply aren't true either which makes you think.....

8. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

All you Apple haters are going to feel really foolish when this goes to court and Apple is not only exonerated, but Amazon is ordered to give Apple all future profits from e-book sales. Have you ever looked at a book? What shape is it? That's right, a rectangle. Do you really believe publishers arrived at that shape coincidentally on their own? You know they copied it from Apple, and did it poorly. Just wait until the judge holds up an iPad in one hand, and a hardcover copy of the Bible in the other and ask the DOJ lawyers if they can tell the difference from 10 yards. Then the truth will be revealed.

9. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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10. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

its ok and its good to be direct to apple haters... but keep your cool and dont loose it ok? ^_^

17. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Looks like your iphone is having trouble loading your comment. I guess you must be doing it wrong. Cause, surely it can't be the iphone's fault.

18. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

no... i was trying to edit it... but the iMAC that i borrowed from my friend is not working that well because it's apple... good thing i have a SG s2... hehehe...

13. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

LOL Thank you ted, I don't know if anyone else realized you're being sarcastic but I loved every second of it.

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

As far as most of the apple fans are concerned, apple is owed everything from everyone. While they have come up with somethings, it's starting to sound like the "Al Gore invented the internet" sometimes.

29. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

sorry for a thumb down. +1 for you mate. really awesome..!!!

11. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Oh Apple is playing again, this time with price

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

10 troll comments

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

*Yawn*

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You don't think it's odd that every Apple article is full of the same group bashing?

19. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

hey... im not part of the group... Y_Y lol ^_^

20. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

cry more, no one gives a f**k

16. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Yawn... the second... ^_^

23. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I starting to see a lot of similarities from North Korea and Apple. Both blatantly lie to their "people" and deny all allegations, and fail at doing the stuff they are know for (NK for missiles, Apple for phones)

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

"your pricing it wrong!" - steve jobs

28. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I buy quite a bit on AMAZON as it is usually cheaper than most websites and stores....but not always.

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