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7/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Licensing terms prohibit competing companies from letting consumers know of better music deals Apple's licensing terms for competing music streaming services may be raising prices for consumers, a potential unfair competition issue that should be investigated, a U.S. senator alleged Wednesday. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) called on the U.S....
News Story
7/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Al Franken is particularly concerned about whether Apple has stymied competition in the music-streaming business by controlling its own application marketplace. Apple's streaming-music service may have debuted only a few weeks ago, but already one senator is concerned that the iPhone maker could become a dominant, anticompetitive force. US...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group is asking federal regulators to look at whether Apple broke antitrust rules while establishing its new music service. “Based on information received by our group, Apple’s new streaming music service raises serious antitrust concerns that require the government to put limitations on Apple as it develops its service if...
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7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog is accusing Apple of doing with Apple Music what it attempted to do with iBooks.  The public interest group is sending a letter Wednesday to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice asking the agencies to look into the matter and prevent Apple from taking over the streaming music business. Apple...
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7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Watchdog warns FTC about streaming dominance Consumer Watchdog has asked the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department to investigate Apple's new streaming music service, suggesting the company is trying to drive out "freemium" (commercial sponsored) services and unfairly dominate the sector. Apple announced its Apple Music...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Is Apple playing dirty when it comes to its new music-streaming service? A consumer group has called for an FTC antirust investigation into not-new allegations that Apple is trying to kill the free tier offered by competing streaming services. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter today to the Federal Trade Commission, saying that it...
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7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The senator warns of limited competition and price increases due to Apple's new music-streaming service. Sen. Al Franken wants federal regulators to investigate whether Apple's new music-streaming service runs afoul of antitrust law, marking the latest escalation in an ongoing, multi-pronged battle for dominance in the crowded online music...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Rabble rousers demand FTC, DoJ into Music service A pressure group in America has urged US watchdog the FTC and Uncle Sam's Department of Justice to probe Apple Music for signs of antitrust violations. Consumer Watchdog has written a letter [PDF] to the five commissioners of the FTC as well as DoJ attorney general Loretta Lynch and assistant...
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7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A U.S. senator wants two federal agencies to investigate whether Apple Inc is breaking antitrust law in how it treats music services that compete with the streaming service it launched in June. Democratic Senator Al Franken in a letter on Wednesday said that he was concerned that some Apple practices could limit choices and raise prices for...
News Story
7/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Apple is once again coming under fire for business practices and deals around Apple Music, the subscription music and video streaming service it launched last month. Consumer Watchdog, a prominent consumer advocacy group, issued a letter to the United States Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice today, asking the...