EU finds no evidence that Apple streaming music deals are illegal

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By Larry Banks

The European antitrust authorities have not found any evidence that Apple’s deal with record labels regarding online music streaming are blocking rivals’ access to its platform.

EU investigates Apple Music

The European Commission started its investigation in April and sent questionnaires to record labels asking about their dealings with Apple. The investigation didn’t uncover any evidence of illegal activity, but the EU says it will continue to monitor the market.

The regulators are also apparently seeking information from Spotify and similar services regarding the restrictions that Apple places on apps offered on its App Store.

The US-based company launched its new music streaming service, Apple Music, in June. It also provides the App Store for competing services to sell their services, such as Jango, Spotify, Rhapsody and more.

In July it was reported by Reuters that US government regulators were also investigating claims whether Apple’s treatment of rival music apps is illegal under antitrust laws. Until now, no additional information has been released concerning the ongoing investigation.

In a little over two months since launch, Apple Music is said to have attracted around 11 million subscribers during the free 3-month trial period. Once the trial ends, subscribers can be $9.99 per month to continue the service.

SOURCE: Reuters.

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