Sen. Al Franken Urges Federal Probe of Apple Music

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Al Franken asks for Apple Music investigation that’s already happening.

Several weeks after the launch of Apple Music, Sen. Writing to both the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, Senator Al Franken has asked for an examination of Apple’s potentially anti-competitive behavior in the music streaming service market.TUSTIN, Calif., July 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Freeze Tag (OTC:FRZT), a leading creator of mobile social games, today announced a new Apple Watch game called Black Forest™: Puzzle Tiles for Watch has launched on the Apple’s App Store for Apple Watch apps. “We’re excited to be part of the new frontier of games and apps for smart wearable devices like the Apple Watch,” said Craig Holland, CEO of Freeze Tag. “The primary purpose of this app is to provide a preview of and build interest in our upcoming hidden object game Black Forest: Hidden Object Mystery that will be launching worldwide in the coming weeks.” According to the company, Black Forest: Puzzle Tiles for Watch is the first game on the Apple Watch store that employs the “tile swap” mechanic. “While there are a few “tile sliders” available,” said Mr. This assertion is dependent on the 30 percent cut Apple takes out of streaming service subscriptions sold through the App Store, which forces competitors like Spotify and Pandora to either charge higher rates or lose an amount in revenue equivalent to that sliced away by the cut. Senator Franken expressed concern that some of Apple’s business practices in the digital music market have the potential to limit choices and raise music prices for consumers.

Earlier this week, The Verge reported that the FTC was subpoenaing other streaming services in an attempt to determine whether or not Apple’s behavior is anti-competitive. Officially, the agency told NBC News, “FTC investigations are non-public and we do not comment on an investigation or the existence of an investigation.” Franken’s letter may not affect its investigation in any substantive way right now, but Congressional pressure could affect the commission’s decision to take action if they end up deeming Apple’s actions anti-competitive. Based on a free-to-play business model that has propelled games like Candy Crush Saga to worldwide success, we employ state-of-the-art data analytics and proprietary technology to dynamically optimize the gaming experience for revenue generation. Franken. “I am concerned, however, that Apple’s position as a dominant platform operator may actually undermine many of the potential consumer benefits of its entry into the market.

Players can download and enjoy our games for free, or they can purchase virtual items and additional features within the game to increase the fun factor. Founded by gaming industry veterans, Freeze Tag has launched several successful mobile games including the number one hit series Victorian Mysteries® and Unsolved Mystery Club®, as well as digital entertainment like Etch A Sketch®. One of the most innovative companies of our time, Apple is world-renowned for producing high-quality products and offering excellent customer service. Among other things, these agreements prevent apps from communicating important information to their users, such as why prices for the same product can vary significantly depending on the operating platform or the technology a consumer uses to make the purchase.

In the case of music streaming services, Apple’s licensing agreements have prevented companies from using their apps to inform users that lower prices are available through their own websites, to advertise the availability of promotional discounts, or to complete a transaction directly with a consumer within their app.

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