The attorney general of New York and Connecticut suspect that tech giant Apple may have pressured major labels to abandon “freemium” services such as Spotify and Pandora in their contracts constituting a clear violation of the antitrust law; these freemium services typically make their revenue from ad sales. Interestingly enough, this is not the first time Apple has been taken to task for violating this law as back in 2013, it colluded with book publishers to raise the prices of e-books above Amazon’s price of $9.99.
Apple has declined to comment on this matter but Universal Music has stated for the record that:
“UMG shares the attorneys general’s commitment to a robust and competitive market for music streaming services in the mutual best interest of consumers, artists, services and content companies alike — and we have a long track record to that effect.”
Source: NY Times