Wednesday 24 January 2018

Apple may be under US federal scrutiny over Beats deals

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Beats headphones

Apple's move to line up deals with record labels is reportedly under US antitrust scrutiny as the iPhone maker prepares to debut a new version of the Beats Music streaming service.

The Federal Trade Commission is examining if Apple is using its position as the top seller of music downloads through its iTunes store to put rival music services like Spotify Ltd at a disadvantage, according to Bloomberg.

Apple bought Beats last year hoping to win points with the music industry and turn Beats Music into a strong competitor to Spotify and other streaming services.

Apple and the FTC did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment outside regular business hours.


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