Hell Has Not Frozen Over: The Absurdity of the Spotify Antitrust Investigations into Apple Music

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You’ve probably heard that Apple and the major labels are being “investigated” over Apple Music by the Department of Justice, the European Commission as well as State attorneys general for New York and Connecticut.  Understand that the way most of these investigations get started is that someone complained, most likely subscription service monopolist Spotify and Internet monopolist Google in this case.  That would be the same Google that has a Spotify board seat.  (Remember, Kara Swisher reported in Re/code that Omid Kordestani, chief business officer of Google, joined the Spotify board, and a former YouTube product head Shishir Mehrotra left Google to become a special adviser to CEO Daniel Ek and the company’s management.)

So why might Spotify and Google complain to antitrust authorities?  For one reason, Google knows every single one of them and Google’s General Counsel Kent Walker has them all on speed dial (that would be the Kent Walker…

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  1. I hope you will be giving a considered analysis of the Apple service and contract in due course. Digital Music News seems to have turned into a conduit for unfiltered Spotify propaganda at the moment, so we really need a view from someone who understands contracts and economics!

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