US officials probe Apple’s music tactics
The US Justice Department is examining Apple’s tactics in the market for digital music.
The DoJ has talked to major music labels and internet music firms, according to a New York Times report citing several people briefed on the conversations.
The antitrust inquiry is in its early stages, the sources told the Times and the conversations have revolved broadly around the dynamics of selling music online.
However, people briefed on the inquiries also said the investigators had asked about recent allegations that Apple used its dominant market position to cajole music labels to refuse to give the online retailer Amazon.com exclusive access to music soon to be released.
In March, Billboard magazine reported that Amazon was asking music labels to give it the exclusive right to sell certain songs for one day before they went on sale more widely.
Representatives from Apple and Amazon could not be reached for comment.