Apple’s New Subscription Service Examined for Possible Antitrust Violation

Feb 18, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are looking at whether Apple’s new media subscription program might breach antitrust laws, Bloomberg News reports.

As previously reported, Apple’s service for mobile apps was announced Tuesday and requires that content providers offer their material for mobile apps at the same price they charge for it anywhere else on the Internet, with Apple taking a 30% cut.

The government agencies’ examination is at an early stage, and they haven’t decided whether to pursue a formal investigation, Bloomberg notes.

Representatives of the Justice Department and the FTC declined to comment, while a spokesman for Apple didn’t immediately return requests for comment.

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