Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th May 2010 15:34 UTC
Legal Well, this was as inevitable as the tides rolling in. The New York Times is reporting that the US Department of Justice is investigating Apple's tactics in the digital music market. The antitrust probe is still in an early phase, and is said to focus on "the dynamics of selling music online".
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by mtzmtulivu on Wed 26th May 2010 18:02 UTC
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It will be best if people educate themselves in anti-trust fundamentals before starting discussing this issue. The wikipedia entry is a good place to start:

All companies naturally do what is best for themselves. What is best for a company is usually what is best for the whole market place is there is a true competition in that market place.

Usually more harm than good occurs when one company gets too large because the market place will fail to "push them back in line" when their best interest fall off the best interest of the market place and here is where anti trust laws come into play, to protect the interest of the market place as a whole.

A company does not have to be a monopoly first before it get accused of violating anti-trust laws, it just have to be too big in a market place and start acting in ways other places cant successfully counter act it.

The question here is not if apple if a monopoly or not in this market, it is if its size is large enough to raise anti-trust concerns.

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