The Verge recently reported that Apple has been attempting to convince major labels to remove their music from free streaming services like Spotify and YouTube.
Word is circulating that the Department of Justice has been investigating the incident, questioning the business practices of Apple. Apple plans to relaunch their streaming service, Beats, later this year. The New York Post also reported that “Apple is being probed by the European Union’s Competition Commission to find out if the company is working with the labels to rid the industry of freemium services.”
Spotify, having 60 million users, is a threat to Apple’s Beats. Although Spotify only has 15 million paying monthly subscribers, the streaming service is definitely a major competitor for Apple, which technology mogul isn’t use to having.
The Verge reported that unnamed sources “also indicated that Apple offered to pay YouTube’s music licensing fee to Universal Music Group if the label stopped allowing its songs on YouTube.” These are serious accusations against one of the most successful companies in the US.
Whether or not Apple is successful in eliminating free steaming services, consumers will find other ways to get music at low costs. By attempting to remove such platforms, Apple could be hurting artists in the long run.