Apple's attempts to stop free music streaming has the DOJ investigating

Apple's attempts to stop free music streaming has the DOJ investigating
Apple's new Beats streaming music service is expected to be unveiled along with iOS 8.4 next month. For some time, Apple has been negotiating with performers and labels in an effort to reduce royalty rates. But Apple is also taking another tact. Reports published today suggest that the brass in Cupertino is trying to get music publishers to force streamers like Spotify to stop offering consumers ad-supported free tiers of service. Of Spotify's 60 million subscribers, only 15 million are paying for music.

Apple is believed to be looking to end the free music streaming so that it can aim for Spotify's free and paying customers with a low priced service that undercuts the competition. In addition, Apple is looking to offer exclusive content which it hopes will attract some subscribers. Music labels aren't pleased with the free ad supported tiers offered by Spotify and others, and are willing to listen to what Apple is saying. Apple has reportedly told the labels that it will charge for streaming music after a free trial period. As one music industry source said about the tech titan, "All the way up to Tim Cook, these guys are cutthroat."

But Apple's plans are drawing the attention of the Justice Department. The DOJ has allegedly sent out agents to interview employees working for the labels in order to learn about Apple's business tactics. Besides its attempt to pressure music labels into forcing Spotify and others to stop free streaming, Apple supposedly offered to reimburse Universal for lost royalties if the company stops allowing its music to play on YouTube. By trying to remove competition in this manner, Apple could find itself in hot water with the feds.

Apple also is believed to be under investigation by the European Union’s Competition Commission. The later also is interested in checking out Apple's attempts to stop streamers from offering free ad supported music to consumers.

source: TheVerge via PCMag

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93 Comments

109. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Very pitiful Apples. Even Spotify have free streaming music saervoce as does Pandkora. The hell with you. I well have over 10,000 songs (not purchase from iTunes) I'd rather buy Cds than stick withier shytty music policy

75. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Apple is very controlling and greedy. The music issue should not be a surprise. Look at how they colluded with publishers to force up the price of ebooks a couple of years ago.

71. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Millionaire artists complaining they're not getting enough money.... boo hoo.

57. Chuck007

Posts: 1421; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

It's business practices like this that constantly makes me want to move away from the Apple ecosystem. It's infuriating to think how they handle their business like commies.

53. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

You need a decent copy editor. "But Apple is taking another TACT?!" ? That should read "tack" as in sailing a ship.

47. iloveinnovation

Posts: 11; Member since: May 03, 2015

Oh for the love of money...!

44. kazzy122

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

listen to a beep at $20, a croaking tone @ 25 typical apple

43. churchofyoda

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Maybe the corrupt, forbidden fruit really was an Apple??

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wow...foul move Apple. Although, I'm not surprised. It's one of the main reasons why I'm not a fan of Apple: it's shady business practices. While I do not wish "doom and gloom" on Apple, I do hope that the DOJ spanks them but good.

37. gaming64 unregistered

I'd rather download my music than use streaming that requires effin internet.

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't stream either, but in the words of Tony Stark: dick move Apple.

46. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

U see Age of Ultron this weekend? What'd ya think of it? I thought it was as good maybe better than the first one?

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah bro, loved it. I'm on the fence, as far as which one was better. Loved the Hulk more in Age for sure. Did you see it? Oops I started responding before I read your whole post lol. My bad.

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I loved Ultron. I grew up reading Secret Wars, and I love how they did Ultron for the movie. Don't wanna spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet, but great movie. One part really pissed me off though.

52. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think I liked the first one better, but you cannot help but love the Hulk, I especially loved the scene where Tony Stark apologizes after knocking out the Hulks tooth. I still loved both movies though. FYI, for all of you who have not seen Age of Ultron, there is a mid credit scene, but not a post credit scene. There, I maybe saved 5 minutes of someone's life there.

60. gaming64 unregistered

I havent seen the movie yet but I'm really in for the second because the first one was a little too bland.

63. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The first one was unique in that it was the first real team up they've ever done on the big screen. It was a big thing, and they didn't fail to disappoint. Fantastic Four was a team up, but they weren't separate heroes like the Avengers of the Justice League. They were always together, so it wasn't as momentous as Avengers was IMHO. The Russo brothers have some big shoes to fill stepping in for Whedon on the next Avengers, but they did a great job on Cap 2 so they should be OK.

62. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Loved that bit too, it was kind of an Oh $hit moment. I heard beforehand that there wasn't going to be a post credit scene, but I stayed just to be sure, didn't have anywhere pressing go be so no biggie.

67. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Since Hulk (in Hulk form) has quick healing abilities, his tooth should have grown back I think.

61. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I think I know the part you're referring to. Towards the end? The Hulkbuster vs Hulk scene was excellent. Stark was hilarious in that bit. Go to sleep. Go to sleep. Go to sleep. I was more of a DC fan in my youth, mainly the Flash and Shazam aka Capt. Marvel. But I always liked Cap, Fantastic Four, & Daredevil in Marvel though. Lovin the Flash & Arrow on CW, AOS, and Constantine, hopefully it gets renewed.

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Right with you being a DC fan. The Flash and Arrow on CW are awesome! I also hope Constantine gets renewed. The show has a lot of potential.

66. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Alas Constatine got cancelled, liked that show too. Have you seen Daredevil on Netflix? Really like that show (especially Kingpin is done well)

72. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Haven't seen Daredevil, yet. But everyone I know that has says it's an awesome show. I will check it out this week. Shame about Constantine.

73. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

At first it's a bit getting used to (mainly his suit isn't the well known red leather outfit). But it fits the origin story and makes it more believable.

84. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Cool! I'm definitely gonna check it out.

91. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've seen the first 6 episodes of Daredevil. It has its high points, and its low points.... overall though I think I really enjoy it and recommend it to others. If you pay attention they make references to events in the first Avengers film and also to a couple of other marvel characters. It's very subtle but fun to catch villains say "unless the guy who attacked you had a magic hammer, I don't want to hear about it".

76. gaming64 unregistered

Wait Constantine got cancelled? That was a really good show! For me the movie is better especially Keanu Reeves portraying Constantine it was really epic but the show is also good.

77. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I thought it was cancelled, but it seems to be still unsure. http://seriable.com/constantine-cancelled-renewed-season-2/

80. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

They had a meeting with NBC execs to pitch them on season 2 a few days back. They had fans tweet save Constantine to show support. So they went in an pitched their plans for the next season, including Dr Fate and the Spectre. Then they should them that save Constantine was trending #2 in the nation at the time. So they said it went well. Hoping.

86. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Here's to hoping, indeed! That show has so much potential.

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