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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Someday, I'll understand why so much people love that playlist+library mess, and what this model puts on the table except proprietary database that doesn't work with competiting software.

That "proprietary" database is XML and can work quite happily with other software, which is why there are a number of such products available.

I find this whole thing rather interesting. Apple were responsible for building the online music market to what it is today. DRM was NOT their doing - and I say this as someone who's been involved in a project selling downloadable audio products for quite some years now. The idiotic position on this of the recording companies has to be experienced to be believed.

Apple are in fact one of our main competitors, and we don't think anything they are doing is in any way forcing the hand of the labels. Audible, the company who's been at the back end of Audio Books on the iTunes store has long been into forcing exclusivity deals - especially on product releases - and dictating pricing, and it's our understanding that Apple is in the process of shedding this contract partly because of the level of dissatisfaction amongst the vendors because of Audible's actions and policies.

While I agree that they need to be kept under scrutiny I really don't think they have anything much to worry about at the moment.

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