Apple’s upcoming iTunes Music streamer to duke it out with US antitrust regulators

Apple’s upcoming iTunes Music streamer to duke it out with US antitrust regulators
Apple is prepping another music industry onslaught with its upcoming iTunes Music streaming service, bringing Beats Music into the fold, but the federal antitrust regulator is already on high alert about it, claim sources familiar with the matter. 

Both the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice are holding preliminary talks with various music industry execs in order to determine if there has been any armtwisting for participation. It's hard to fathom why, given that Apple is somewhat late to the music streaming service party, but, considering its $180 billion war chest, some caution is warranted. 

The move comes hot on the heels of European regulators, the Competition Commission in particular, into unfair business practices from these same streamers, which are betting on the freemium model to attract subscribers for the sake of performing artists' royalties haul.

source: MacDailyNews

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11 Comments

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Spotify it's still one of the best music streaming services....you know why, it has something called free (even with some ads).

3. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Nothing is free. Everybody needs to make money.

4. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

You know very well what he means.

5. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

I love Spotify and still use it. But Spotify is killing itself. They keep removing useful features from their desktop app which is just ridiculous. They have been doing this for a while now too. I'm sure many Spotify users are considering alternatives and this just might be it.

6. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Spotify is rubbish and you are a twat. Pay for the service. You disgust me.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So he's using a service they're offering for free, not pirating it, and he disgusts you because he doesn't choose the paid option? If they're offering a free option, why not use it? If he was pirating it I'd agree with you.

7. Sauce5 unregistered

Especially with my jailbreak. I don't use Spotify on my Note because of this. No ads whatsoever, unlimited skips, scrubbing, song/album/playlist search & selection, and offline mode, free. For those of you who have a jailbroken iPhone, its called BdaySpotify on Cydia.

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I do love Sptify, but if Im not mistaken, Itunes Radio is part of the reason why Spotify has a free service, previously they only had free service on the Desktop version and you had to have the subscription to even use mobile.

12. gaming64 unregistered

No, it's GrooveShark which is the best. A lot of songs dont come out on Spotify. Examples are songs of Taylor Swift. I really love that girl!

10. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Apple is somewhat late to the music streaming service party." But they have Itunes Radio from the very start of their service, right? They were just too rigid not to bring iTunes to the android platform but still, I consider Itunes Radio as the pioneer for music streaming.

11. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

ITunes Radio came out in 2013. Before that we had; Rhapsody, Napster, Spotify, Pandora, I heart radio... should go on? If anything Napster started it all really.

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