UMG denies colluding with Apple and labels to squeeze out freemium

UMG logo rectangle canvasAttorneys from Universal Music Group have responded to an investigation that the label colluded with other leading music companies to push out free, ad-supported tiers from streaming services. In a letter responding to a subpoena, UMG denied having any agreements with Sony Music, Warner Music Group, or Apple to “impede the availability of third-party free or ad-supported music streaming services.”

This investigation is being speadheaded by the Attorney Generals of New York and Connecticut. However, it is not the only probe into Apple and potentially anti-competitive behavior. The tech company also attracted the scrutiny of the European Commission, which looked into whether Apple could influence labels to withdraw from freemium negotiations.

Anna Washenko