Among various competition inquiries touching on the music industry, the European Commission’s investigation of consumer Internet of Things related products and services has been somewhat under the radar. It’s important […]
2015 is fast turning into the year when European regulators get tougher on American tech giants, and Apple’s streaming music plans appear to be putting it alongside Facebook and Google in the European Commission’s crosshairs.
At least, officials have sent questionnaires to several labels and rival streaming services, indicating a willingness to at least consider an investigation into Apple’s likely impact on those rivals.
In one sense, the idea of antitrust action against Apple over streaming seems unlikely. When it comes to streaming, Beats Music is a one-country minnow next to Spotify, for example. But the EC’s focus will be on whether Apple is trying to use its iTunes clout to secure exclusives and other favourable treatment over rivals.
The European Commission is investigating the booming industry for ‘free-to-play’ mobile games
As predicted, Universal Music Group has been given the go-ahead on both sides of the Atlantic to complete its acquisition of EMI’s recorded music division. But in Europe, that will […]
The European Commission has published its proposals to modernise collecting societies and simplify pan-European music licensing. They call for “improved governance and greater transparency” for the societies, including speeding up […]
European Commissioner for Competition, Neelie Kroes, yesterday threatened music and tech execs, including Mick Jagger and Apple CEO Steve Jobs that regulators may impose new rules for online music sales, […]