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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bousozoku
Member since:
2006-01-23

Who hurts consumers and artists? The recording companies. Who is keeping most of the iTunes profits? The recording companies.

Why aren't they ever the subject of an inquiry? They collude constantly.

In this case, Apple try to dictate some sensible terms but the recording companies can pull the music if they don't like it, though some have found that to be just hurting themselves.

I still buy CDs so I'm not a customer of any download service. The quality isn't there yet. I just don't see how Apple should be the target of this inquiry especially when they, after expenses, don't really make anything on music. It's not even tied to an iPod, iPhone, iPad, or iTunes anymore.

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Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

Sigh, firstly RIAA isn't company it's organization. Secondly many people that RIAA represents are artists thru companies that either artists own or where they work. Thirdly, RIAA never has tried to tackle non-RIAA music for been saled. Fourthly, RIAA doesn't negociate with Apple or any other sales company of prices nor anything else. Spend more than 5 mins on there site to actually know what some organization does before flaming shit!

http://www.riaa.com/

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bousozoku Member since:
2006-01-23

Sigh, firstly RIAA isn't company it's organization. Secondly many people that RIAA represents are artists thru companies that either artists own or where they work. Thirdly, RIAA never has tried to tackle non-RIAA music for been saled. Fourthly, RIAA doesn't negociate with Apple or any other sales company of prices nor anything else. Spend more than 5 mins on there site to actually know what some organization does before flaming shit!

http://www.riaa.com/


I know who the RIAA is since my dad worked for one of the member companies.

All of the member companies are in agreement (implicitly or explicitly) to collude against the consumer and against the artists. Most of the small companies have been consumed by larger companies and the artists don't control much of anything now.

It's an organisation to protect their businesses. Sometimes, they protect their business from people who don't hurt their business, something like the mob extorts money from store owners. I still the remember the case against the woman who didn't own a computer. That takes real skill to download music.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I still buy CDs so I'm not a customer of any download service. The quality isn't there yet. I just don't see how Apple should be the target of this inquiry especially when they, after expenses, don't really make anything on music. It's not even tied to an iPod, iPhone, iPad, or iTunes anymore.

Well. Anytime you buy one of those, you are forced to install and use iTunes. So iTMS has a considerable advantage over other music stores : iThings' market share. This might rightly be labeled as unfair competition.

(Though I agree with you, Sony and Universal definitely deserve an investigation too. But not an antitrust one)

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bousozoku Member since:
2006-01-23


Well. Anytime you buy one of those, you are forced to install and use iTunes. So iTMS has a considerable advantage over other music stores : iThings' market share. This might rightly be labeled as unfair competition.

(Though I agree with you, Sony and Universal definitely deserve an investigation too. But not an antitrust one)


The individual companies can't be held accountable in an anti-trust sense, but we're seeing fines against flash memory manufacturers for collusion and price fixing. It's not really much different.

As far as iTunes goes, it's loaded and it works and I use it to transfer everything but I've yet to buy any music from the store. There are other ways to buy/sell music for other devices and anyone is welcome to do it. Apple just happens to make it easier.

What surprises me is that I haven't seen anything written about the "sheep" that unconsciously contribute to Apple's success by buying whatever Apple sell.

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telns Member since:
2009-06-18

I still buy CDs so I'm not a customer of any download service. The quality isn't there yet.


I'm getting a sense that this is just beginning to change.

In the last few weeks I've managed to purchase three albums I was looking for as FLAC.

Overall, I still prefer to have the physical CD if for nothing other than archive purposes, but FLAC downloads seem to be just turning the corner toward mainstream. Not there yet, but [hopefully] headed there.

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bousozoku Member since:
2006-01-23

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I'm getting a sense that this is just beginning to change.

In the last few weeks I've managed to purchase three albums I was looking for as FLAC.

Overall, I still prefer to have the physical CD if for nothing other than archive purposes, but FLAC downloads seem to be just turning the corner toward mainstream. Not there yet, but [hopefully] headed there.


That's amazingly good. I don't use the format but until one format is accepted, we should be able to download 100 % of the quality, not just a good replica.

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