Apple Music Faces Antitrust Investigation

Apple it seems has landed itself in hot water over its new Apple Music venture it announced at it’s annual developer’s conference just days ago. Attorney generals of both New York and Connecticut have decided to open an investigation to decide whether or not Apple has broken antitrust rules with its new music subscription service.

They are mainly interested in whether or not Apple and music labels are working together to lessen the availability of free, advertising supported streaming and on-demand music services such as Spotify and also YouTube.

The investigation was disclosed in a letter from Universale Music Group to the antitrust bureau of the office of the New York attorney general which can be found HERE.

UMG stated that had made no agreements with Apple or any other company that would limit their supply of content to free or ad-supported services or to prohibit their music from being used to any music streaming service.

Apple Music, which launched Monday at WWDC costs just $9.99 USD per month and has a host of features inside that go far beyond that of normal streaming services and also includes Apple’s first radio station, Beats One which will be 24 hours a day and worldwide according the to conference this week.

An Apple spokesman declined to make any comments at this time about the newly revealed on-going investigation surrounding the company and its practices.

“This letter is part of an investigation of the music streaming business, an industry in which competition has recently led to new and different ways for consumers to listen to music,” said a spokesman for the New York attorney general, Eric Schneiderman.

George Jepsen, attorney general of Connecticut stated “At this point, we are satisfied that Universal does not have in place, or in process anticompetitive agreements to withold music titles from no-charge streaming services.”

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