More details have emerged on the US Department of Justice’s inquiry into Apple’s digital music business, which was first reported by media last week. According to Billboard, the trigger was indeed reports that Apple was pressuring labels not to take part in rival Amazon MP3’s cheap Daily Deal promotion – but that price-fixing rather than anti-competitive practices is the focus. “The conversation with Justice has nothing to do with Amazon getting (music) early. It has everything to do with whether iTunes is trying to control pricing,” says one source. Meanwhile, the New York Post claims the inquiry is already widening beyond digital music to the movie and TV industries, with the Justice Department “doing outreach” among some of the biggest media firms in the US. Source: Billboard Source: New York Post

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