Schneiderman Investigates Apple for Allegedly Manipulating Music Streaming Service Competition

By on July 24, 2015

New York Attorney General (NYAG) Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas to music streaming services and record labels including Sony, Warner Music and Universal Music in connection with his office’s investigation of Apple Music for alleged anticompetitive conduct.

Schneiderman’s investigation was initiated in the wake of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Justice Department (DOJ) discussions with key music industry executives regarding a possible antitrust review of Apple’s business practices after the company launched its streaming Beats Music.

The NYAG’s probe is reportedly focusing on documents pertaining to whether Apple took action to impair music streaming industry competition, intending to restricting services such as Spotify and YouTube by allegedly colluding with record labels to increase the prices of their licenses.

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