“FTC antitrust investigation launched Apple policy regarding music streaming




The US FTC’s competition watchdog would investigate claims that Apple violates antitrust law with its policy on music streaming services. That has to do with the fact that competitors have to cede part of the subscription fee on iOS.

Anonymous sources ‘industry’ have to Reuters told the US Federal Trade Commission investigates complaints about Apple’s policy in the field of music streaming services. Who has filed complaints is not known, but it is likely that this is Apple’s competitors such as Spotify. Although the FTC is looking into the complaints has not yet begun a formal investigation, said the sources.

The complaints focus on Apple’s policy to skim off 30 percent of the selling price in iOS applications. This also applies to providers of subscription services, as is usual with music streamers. So Spotify for example, 30 percent of its subscription fees of 10 euros per month, per user cede to Apple. The company then raised the price for users who want a subscription through the app, and advises users now pay through its own website, so no need Apple’s money to be paid.

Because Apple since last month, also a music streaming service offering , competitors believe that the company violates the antitrust laws. Because competitors have to surrender 30 percent would be favored because Apple’s own service. Incidentally, Apple had been under fire with his music service, when it appeared that artists were not compensated for users to play songs during their free trial. Following a complaint by Taylor Swift turned Apple would return policy.

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