WSJ: Apple Music to be investigated by the Attorneys General of New York and Connecticut

WSJ: Apple Music to be investigated by the Attorneys General of New York and Connecticut
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Music is being looked at quite closely by the Attorneys General of New York and Connecticut. At issue is how Apple got music labels like Warner, Universal and Sony to sign off on its streaming music service. The investigation will examine whether Apple put pressure on the record labels to stop supporting free ad-supported tiers of service provided by rival streamers like Spotify.

The labels do not like Spotify's free ad-supported level of service that is used by 75% of its customers. Spotify has 60 million subscribers at last count, and 45 million use the free service which requires that they listen to ads. For $9.99 a month (99 cents for the first three months), Spotify Premium does away with the ads, and allows listeners to play any song at anytime, even when they are offline.

Back in May, there was talk that the DOJ was investigating Apple for asking the record labels to speak with Spotify about ending its free level of service. There was also talk that Apple had promised to reimburse Universal for royalties it would lose if the company were to stop providing music to YouTube. Asking the labels to stop supporting a competitor in return for business from Apple could violate antitrust laws since it would make the industry less competitive.

Apple is offering a free tier of service for Apple Music that has very limited features. Users will be able to listen to Beats 1 radio along with a few other stations. There will be a limited number of skips provided to each subscriber that will allow them to jump to the next song if they don't like the one currently playing.

source: WSJ

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32 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apple asking record labels to ask Spotify to stop their free tier of music smacked of desperation, and the DOJ is likely going to spank them for it. Now Apple is putting pressure on record labels to not support the function at all. Anti-competitive practices at its finest. A company in Apple's position should not have to resort to such BS. I hope the DOJ squashes this crap from Apple quickly.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

What are you smoking, your completely wrong, Apple is best and... In just kidding... I 100% agree with you with entire thing you said!!!

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao!

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

What?!!!!! That's the first time I ever seen you not blindly defend Apple. Amazing feat for an isheep.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

Eyes see what they want to see. If you read my posts with unbiased mind - you'll notice that I'm just sharing my positive experiences with Apple to contradict lies made by you and others.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with what you just said. I do the same on BlackBerry articles, and get called all sorts of names just the same.

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I am actually not surprised at all lol

12. waddup121 unregistered

woowzers

5. EbonyPericarp

Posts: 67; Member since: May 02, 2015

The apple is rotting...

14. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

and evil...

6. dimas

Posts: 3406; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Relax, Apple is just on the their watchlist, it doesn't mean they're already guilty with it. They may or may have put pressure but it is evident that artists don't like how spotify share profit: Taylor Swift and Radiohead vocalist just to name a few.

7. dimas

Posts: 3406; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

f**king typo errors..

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Based on how they acted with the ebook i have a feeling they will be guilty...

8. gaming64 unregistered

The service is gonna be failure just like Apple Pay if this is true.

9. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Having heaps of money mean you should play dirty. Shake my head.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2068; Member since: May 26, 2011

Spotify premium and Google music subscriber here. Free service doesn't really impact how I listen to my music but if this is true, I hope they get more than a slap on the wrist for this

11. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Typical scumbag move by greedy Apple. Hope they get punished hard.

15. HappySocks unregistered

Greedy Apple? Yes, Apple is very VERY greedy obviously, which is why they are sitting on their throne laughing at the rest of the mobile industry below them. But to sit there and not realize (all of you reading this) that Spotify is not greedy, is a joke and hilarity at its finest. I should also mention that successful streaming services make a lot of money, only a VERY small fraction of which goes to the artists. How about the artists who get f**ked over by Spotify? Adele, Beyoncé, The Black Keys, Coldplay? And that whole T-Swift hoopla? What about the artists who aren't even known / mainstream? They can barely make a living off of what they do because of the way Spotify's algorithm is made and used. To sit there and say a company is greedy is quite moronic. Every company is greedy. Samsung, Blackberry (which they even admitted in the excerpt released recently), Lenovo, Micro$oft, Apple, LG. You and I know these brands I just listed (and many many more, if not all) because they were and still are greedy. They stay at the top because of greed, while making good products. Typical "****bag" move by typical hater.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014

There is absolutely no way that you justify anti-competitive practices from Apple or any other company. No one is saying that what Spotify is doing to the artists is right, and absolutely no one is saying that all of these tech companies aren't in it to make as much money as possible, but what Apple is doing here is flat out wrong, anti-competitive, and should be beneath a company of Apple's stature and wealth. You're calling people "haters" and saying that they're doing typical "****bag moves", but all you're showing is that you yourself are a typical blind $#33p.

20. HappySocks unregistered

While you are partially right, you are also sadly unguided and miseducated. P.S. Learn to read quotations.

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Are you Happy to suck apple or what? You have no moral compass and clearly dont understand thats when a company try to monopolize all the sales in one market its wrong. I guess Apple need to be divided like microsoft was back in the day? if thats what needed to make Apple stop trying to buyout everyone and destroying the market well its should be done!

25. HappySocks unregistered

You just wasted 30 minutes typing all that. Stopped reading at Apple. Clearly, you didn't read my post as well. And if you did, you must have some loose wires in your brain, like meanestgenius.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014

You've clearly been slapped upside the head one too many times by that RDF that Apple produces.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm right, nothing partial about it. And it's MISguided, not UNguided. And misguided is what you are, considering the way you're flocking to defend Apple when they are clearly in the wrong on this. Your education clearly consists of $#33p-istory 101. P.S.- Learn to USE quotations.

28. HappySocks unregistered

Boy you are as dumb as a box of rocks LOL.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22431; Member since: May 28, 2014

You always know the mark of a loser and an !Diot when they have to resort to name calling, lol. You'll soon be banned again, JakeLee aka BobbyBuster.

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

All of those artists thats you named have more than enuf money in there pockets. They still receive MUCH MORE than what they need to keep the lifestyle they currently have. as for less known artist whitout free streaming how you think they will get know? I have a friend who do music and thats how he got known and now he make good money as DJ for a big nightclub. Ofcourse thats all company are greedy ( its called capitalist in fact lol ) but when you need to justify something SUPER bad you do by saying others do bad thing is simply not the way to go and a nice douchbag excuse ( you should work at Apple they are master at lying to justifie thing ... 16 gb is better thats way we can concentrate on the camera *wtf? lol * ) Anyway you could put all the company you named together and they would still be less greedy than Apple alone. There is a moral line where its become abusing and Apple has gone over thats line since a long time! If you have no Moral its your choice but we do!

23. thebilderbergs

Posts: 5; Member since: May 13, 2015

The fact is that most smaller artits don't make any money from record sales. It's all about concerts these days. The greedy record companies keep all the money so for a smaller lesser known artist things like free spotify are amazing

31. willard12 unregistered

You're almost right. NONE of the money made by streaming services goes to the artists. The streaming services pay the recorder labels. Record labels pay the artists. The artists are being robbed by their labels.

18. Awaragardiyan unregistered

apple is disgrace to tech world

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