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Apple extorts music publishers to kill the Amazon MP3 store.

In Apple, Conspiracies on March 4, 2010 at 5:37 am

Cult of Mac just reported on a news story reported by Billboard magazine about how Apple, increasingly the scourge of the cool and the privileged everywhere, is basically extorting music companies into ignoring the Amazon MP3 store in exchange for a continuation of promotional support in the iTunes music store:

Sources say that iTunes representatives have been urging labels to rethink their participation in the Amazon promotion and that they have backed up those warnings by withdrawing marketing support for certain releases featured as Daily Deals,” writes Billboard.

Can anybody explain to me how what Apple’s doing isn’t anti-competitive? Why isn’t Apple already being sued over this? This thuggery is the type of thing so many people accuse Microsoft of (and, come on, Microsoft has been guilty of it before), and if the Mac community doesn’t get up in arms about this, about a grey haired psychotic trying to rig an entire market, well … I don’t know how to finish that sentence. It’d be hypocritical, anyway, but they’d probably say that they can get away with such hypocrisies because they’re so cool, with their fashion sense and their black mock-turtlenecks.

It seems pretty clear that Steve Jobs is trying to use his market dominance to reduce competition. Last I checked that was illegal, or it is if you don’t wear the same blue jeans every day of your life.

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