NY Post: Apple Music under investigation by New York Attorney General, subpoenas issued

NY Post: Apple Music under investigation by New York Attorney General, subpoenas issued
Apple Music is formally being investigated by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, according to today's New York Post. The Attorney General's office has issued subpoenas with one source stating that the office is "asking for documents relating to potential efforts by Apple to exclude or suppress competition in the music streaming industry." When Apple was negotiating with record labels, artists and producers prior to the launch of its streaming music service, there were rumors that the company was asking them to put pressure on Spotify to stop offering its free, ad-supported tier of service. While Apple does not offer a similar free level of service, it does give users a one-time three month free trial. Another rumor had Apple promising to reimburse Universal for royalties it would lose if it stopped providing music to YouTube.

Also being investigated by the New York AG is the Apple App Store where rival streaming services offer subscriptions to iOS users. Apple takes a 30% cut of the subscription fees, which is forcing streamers to either charge more for their service in the App Store, or accept a lower profit margin.

Schneiderman's office is talking to Apple's rivals in the music streaming industry, and the big names in the recording industry that supply them with content. The Attorney General says that "It’s important to ensure that the market continues to develop free from collusion and other anticompetitive practices." In addition to the New York Attorney General's office, the federal government is also looking into Apple Music with the FTC and the Justice Department talking to music industry executives.

source: NYPost

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23 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yet no one bats an eye at Google for their anticompetitive practices and the privacy violations.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17132; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Don't bother, all he sees is Apple being attacked, and he's compelled to defend them, no matter how silly or illogical the argument.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Read my comment before responding teddork.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17132; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I did. It was as stupid as the majority of you posts, nothing more than being an Apple apologist and trying to shift the focus to others when Apple does wrong. In other words, par for the course.

27. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And that list could be bigger. Some act like Google is seen as untouchable.

9. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

You sound ridiculous. Stop it. You're just mad because your favorite fruity company is beyond crooked. Stop acting like a butthurt iFanboy.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Your a salty Fandrone. You act like Google does no wrong and are blind to the truth.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

*YOU'RE*, not YOUR.

37. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

You're a salty iTard. You act as if Apple does no wrong and are blind to the truth. Your fanboyism is very well documented on this site. Now please provide links of me being a "salty fandrone" and me "being blind to the truth and acting as if Google does no wrong". I'll wait…

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Saga continues...

3. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

This is how Apple does everything. I hope they hurt them good.

6. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

As a long-time iPhone user, I hope Apple loses in all these. Apple should be focusing on innovating, but, it seems that nowadays, they are focused on releasing crappy incremental upgrades while trying to shutdown competitions in every way possible.

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I guess Apple not giving enough kickbacks to politicians back east (maybe too far to notice). They should know better.

11. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Apple is as crooked as they come. I hope they get slammed for this. A nice hefty billion dollar fine would stop all of this. But that's purely wishful thinking.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A hefty fine would be perfect for Google and their anticompetitive practices of manipulating search results and favoring Google Plus over Facebook and Twitter.

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You have to cite examples of this...lol.

38. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

You still sound so retarded. Stop it.

18. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Tim Crook is a worse Thief than Steve Jobs ever was!

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

A company as prominent as Apple should not have to resort to underhanded tactics like this. This screams of desperation on Apple's part. Such a shame Apple has such anticompetitive practices going on. I hope they get fined big time for this.

14. Mobilephile

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Anti-competitive practices is in Apple's blood, 'ala sueing over a rectangle with rounded corners

36. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Yeah, because that was the entire argument at the time. I'm not saying the whole lawsuit was perfect, but their was reasoning to sue at that point in time.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17132; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They've gotten much better under Cook. I haven't seen any new silly lawsuits. They're competing in the market 1000% more than they did under Jobs.

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