The FTC has launched an investigation into Apple’s dealings with competing music streaming services in its App Store, according to multiple sources. The investigation is targeting Apple’s 30 percent fee charged to subscription services who sign up new users through the App Store. This has been a major point of conflict between Apple and rival music services as The Verge reported back in May.
The FTC’s inquiries have picked up over the recent weeks, on the heels of its initial investigation into whether Apple pressured labels to kill Spotify’s free streaming tier. Sources with direct knowledge of the matter tell The Verge that the FTC has already issued subpoenas to music streaming services as it gathers more information to determine whether Apple’s App Store rules are anticompetitive.
The sooner they crack open the App Store, the better.
They won’t as the problem the FTC is investigating is only about the 30% Apple cut for music streaming apps.
Worst case scenario for Apple is to forget the 30% for those apps and the worst worst case it to forget the 30% for all apps. Which would makes very little difference for Apple in fact.
Crooks investigating crooks? What a novelty.
Why would anybody have the legal right to crack open the App Store and who would it be better for if they did?
You don’t like the Apple App Store set up – fine – but to suggest that that someone should make it against the law is just ridiculous. What next? I don’t like the way Amazon Prime works – lets ban it. Microsoft Windows licensing structure annoys me – lets call the cops. You don’t have to buy Apple products, Apple does not have a monopoly in any product sector and Apple’s business model is not based on monopolistic manipulations of the market.
The App Store has actually delivered vast choice to hundreds of millions of people, a choice they obviously appreciate because App downloads are through the roof.
Please – this tendency to retreat into pompous pontification about what should and should not be suppressed through the legal system based on nothing more than your personal preferences it very, very tedious.