Apple under investigation for possibly conspiring against Spotify

“While the entire world was watching Eddy Cue and Drake introduce Apple’s new streaming service at WWDC earlier this week, the tech firm was simultaneously being investigated for possible antitrust-related activities that took place in the organization and arranging of the product it was announcing, Apple Music,” Hugh McIntyre writes for Forbes.

“The attorneys general of both New York state and Connecticut are both looking into the possibility that Apple has been quietly trying to make deals with the three major record labels — Universal, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group — that would hurt its future competitors,” McIntyre writes. “The claim is that Apple negotiated with representatives from each of the labels to begin withdrawing their content from Spotify’s free tier, which could be devastating to the Swedish service if it were to actually happen.”

“The vast majority of Spotify’s users (55 million) are using the free tier, while only 20 million are paying for the service,” McIntyre writes. “Universal has already come forward to say without hesitation that not only did it not speak with Apple about such matters, but that it ‘shares the attorneys general’s commitment to a robust and competitive market for music streaming services.’ Investigations are just beginning, and if both New York and Connecticut have are now looking into antitrust allegations, there might be other potential charges coming, and possibly from other states.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Do the labels and artists really need Apple to tell them that it’s a bad idea to continue giving their work away for free?

This is simply another witch-hunt from politicians in overextended, debt-ridden states that are looking to gobble up ever more revenue by whatever means possible.

SEE ALSO:

Apple Music faces antitrust scrutiny in New York, Connecticut – June 10, 2015
Rival music services claim Apple’s App Store pricing is anticompetitive – May 7, 2015
EU regulators already probing Apple’s music streaming plans in Europe – April 2, 2015

34 Comments

    1. Great job Timmy Cook, just something else to add to your infamous Apple resume.

      You already have a permanent, government auditor from the ebook scandal, at a reasonable price of about $35,000 per day, FOREVER!!

      Now you risk the same scrutiny for a second rate, “me too” music streaming service… way to go girl.

      It’s getting to the point where Tim Cook is starting to remind me of our pal Steve Ballmer. Can this guy do anything right.

      The new Apple sucks watermelons through water hoses, replete with utterly stupid and watered down products (no pun intended).

      I’m really tired of Tim Cook. So much for the experiment of Apple having its first female CEO.

      😬

      1. Please go enjoy the world of Winblows and Androcrap.

        And please note – however tired of Tim Cook you are, it’s nowhere close to how tired we are of you.

        1. I would like to give shout out to my friends Silverhawk, Sean, John, Future Media, and Thelonious.

          You guys have made me feel so welcome posting on my favorite site, MDN.

          I guess it goes without saying that my ever increasing popularity would never have happened without all of you… and of course all of Tim Cooks F**k ups!

          😮 )

      2. Orandy,

        U must be getting paid to write those obscenities!
        If not, take a bath, relax. That Ballmer reference is so old bro. Come with us in real time. Its ok!

        1. @thereal

          Yeah, I know, but Ballmer’s the only guy that frustrated MS fanboys the way Cook frustrates me.

          I’m just tired of looking at Apple and saying: “man, Apple really sucks now.”

          A few years ago that thought would’ve NEVER crossed my mind.

            1. I do enjoy my Lenovo laptops. They are the only Windows based brand that I purchase. I have three. An old Core2Duo to run my security system, a second gen Core i5 upstairs for guests, and a first gen i7 downstairs that I use the most.

              I also have a Mac Mini, 2011, Core i5 for my HTPC. And my wife and I use a 2010 Mackbook Pro. We both have iphone sixes (I have the 6 Plus), and she still uses a 4S for work.

              We have three iPads, An Air 2, and two Mini retinas.

              When I was in the tech industry in the 90s and early 2000s, i recalled how IBM laptops were virtually indestructible. So I kept buying them, long after they sold the company to the Chinese.

              Now I do what I want.

              I have what you call “F&*K You money.

          1. “I’m just tired of looking at Apple and saying: “man, Apple really sucks now.””

            And we are really, really, really tired of you saying it. All the regulars have seen your message repeatedly. There is no need to keep repeating it – especially since it is vacuous drivel consisting almost completely of insults and name-calling.

            Since that’s pretty much your mode, maybe you’ll understand this – please just fuck off.

            1. Wow, Johnboy, you are a bit testy today.

              What happened, your boyfriend didn’t give you a kiss today before he left for work?

              Or maybe he shaved off that moustache you liked so much.

              Not to worry, there’s good news coming your way. Fast food workers across the country are getting a raise.

              Cheers!

            2. So I intimate you’re a small-minded pissy little jerk.

              And your retort is to be a small-minded pissy little jerk.

              Brilliant.

            3. You’re breaking out the 4-dollar words today, John, I’m impressed, even though it’s out of character for you (in addition to being orders of magnitude beyond the scope of your actual IQ).

              Let me see, “intimate”, is that analogous to the intimate, same sex behavior you regularly engage in with your “life partner”?

              Or how about “retort”. Sounds too much like the “retard” moniker you’ve worn around your neck like an albatross most of your life.

              Goodnight Johnboy!

            4. How old are you?

              MDN, please get rid of this belligerent ass-wipe, orandy. He has contributed NOTHING positive to this forum… just petulant sarcasm, name-calling and personal insult.

              I wonder if it has any effect on your ad revenues when new people come, see this kind of poisonous shit, and leave. Hmmmm… let me take a wild guess…. Yehhh, I think so..

            5. I believe it’s called the pot calling the kettle “black”, ignoramus!

              Turn off the lights downstairs before you go to bed, Johnboy.

            6. MDN, please get rid of this belligerent ass-wipe, orandy. He has contributed NOTHING positive to this forum… just petulant sarcasm, name-calling and personal insult.

              I wonder if it has any effect on your ad revenues when new people come, see this kind of poisonous shit, and leave. Hmmmm… let me take a wild guess…. Yehhh, I think so…

      3. The vapid and worthless negativity of orandy

        EMPTY SARCASM
        – Great job Timmy Cook
        – your infamous Apple resume.
        – Apple sucks watermelons through water hoses

        EMPTY NEGATIVITY
        (i.e. missing concrete facts or logical argument)
        – utterly stupid and watered down products
        – Can this guy do anything right.
        – You already have a permanent, government auditor from the ebook scandal, at a reasonable price of about $35,000 per day, FOREVER!! (Empty because EVERYBODY else views this as an outrageous perversion of “law”.)

        MISTAKING PERSONAL PETULANCE FOR REALITY
        – second rate, “me too” music streaming service
        – I’m really tired of Tim Cook.

        DEROGATORY PERSONAL INSULT
        – way to go girl.
        – Tim Cook is starting to remind me of our pal Steve Ballmer.
        – its first female CEO.

  1. There is so much lobbying against Apple that anyone who has shown their zeal in pursuing act against the company, even if it is nonsensical, is sure that he/she will warrant a multi-million “consultant” position in a lobbying firm after they retire from state position.

    This is how corrupt “revolving door” works.

    Remember that, for example, Apple’s court-imposed monitor Bromwhich was Inspector General in DoJ until 1999, when he IMMEDIATELY got top position in a giant lobbying firm.

    This would be impossible in Europe — not only because lobbying is prohibited there — but because it would be considered highly unethical for people to be allowed to have “I am inspecting you today, but you can order my lobbying firm services tomorrow”.

    Both DoJ and Bromwich’s former lobbying firm have revolving door ties between themselves, as well as directly with Amazon.

  2. Yes because free in this case is just so sustainable.

    I think whatever deals are in place should be available to Spotify and others as well which will quench this whole business. Imagine that – competition trying to move the needle forward to a business model that benefits artists while freetards & our economically clueless deficit-ridden government prefer “free” as well as patent giveaway’s for ideas that were “obvious” or “too late in the game” (due to their slow-grinding judicial processes). It’s doubtful Apple will be the only paid player in this space.

    1. Agreed. I thought that was the goal of every business: cause your competition to be less successful than your own company.

      Besides, Cote’s puppet was put where he is to make sure Apple “doesn’t do it again.” If Apple did another anti-trust action while he was on duty, he should fired for incompetence.

  3. Whenever you launch a new product in a market where there is already a competitor, it is conspiracy. It is called competitive intelligence. Now if there is evidence that Apple is punishing companies that have deals with spotify, then that would be an issue.

  4. Conspiring? Is this what these guy are going to every time apple enters a market? They need to investigate Spotify and Amazon, and Google, and Pandora.
    I think it’s a waste of time and those states taxpayers money. If they find nothing they should have to pay damages to apple, this certainly places a cloud over apple, and hurts the stock price.

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