“Regulators in Washington have been holding talks with key music-industry executives in order to figure out whether to launch a wider antitrust review of the tech titan’s business practices, sources said,” Atkinson reports. “Both the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice have been involved in those conversations, sources noted.”
“Meanwhile, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent a subpoena to music labels looking for details of their agreements with Apple, according to a published report,” Atkinson reports. “The main issue is a concern that Apple will use its global dominance to push the music business not to license its songs to freemium services — and to obtain exclusive deals. To be sure, Apple has yet to sign a single deal with a label.”
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MacDailyNews Take: One might wonder if this perpetual witch-hunt would evaporate if Apple reversed course, stopped protecting the privacy of their customers by ending government-impenetrable encryption, and resumed handing over the decryption keys whenever authorities demanded.
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