Justice Department to Conduct Inquiry of Apple

Wednesday May 26th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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The feds have begun a preliminary anti-trust inquiry regarding Apple iTunes.

NY Times: Several unnamed sources say that the U.S. Justice Department has been questioning major music labels and Internet music companies in regards to Apple's iTunes practices. At this point, the anti-trust inquiry is in its broadest stages, and Justice officials are seeking general information about marketing music online.

Earlier, Billboard Magazine reported that Apple was pressuring labels not to participate in promotions at Amazon.com.

The largest online music retailer, Apple's iTunes commands 69 percent of the market. The number two online music retailer, Amazon, has just 8 percent of the market.

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