EU to look at premium streaming

2 April 2015

Bitterwallet - Apple Event on September 1st The European Union’s Competition Commission is getting up in the grills of music labels, questioning their relationship with premium subscription streaming services.

One of the main concerns is Apple's forthcoming platform.

The commission want to establish whether or not premium platforms are working with labels in a way that hinders free services unfairly. According to reports, a bunch of streaming services and music labels have been questioned by EU regulators, and they want to know about their arrangements with Apple, Spotify and other services.

"There is concern in the industry that Apple, with its enormous market share and distribution power and what it can do in terms of pricing and promotion can have an unfair competitive advantage," said one music bigwig.

That said, Apple still hasn't announced their pricing structure, so if they have a freemium option, it would seem silly to try and build a case against them. And why labels would want Apple to own the streaming business is anyone's guess. Should Apple not want a freemium model, then they won't be alone, as we've seen with the Jay Z fronted Tidal.

Record labels are apparently going to be responding to the Competition Commission’s questionnaire within the next few weeks.

TOPICS:   TV   Cool Stuff   World News

1 comment

  • Henry C.
    One thing that annoys me, is that I can't burn Spotify playlists to a CD for the car.

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