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DOJ Examines Apple's Music Practices


10:30 AM -- The Department of Justice is looking into Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s dealings in the music business, The New York Times reports.

The DOJ's antitrust investigators have been talking to major music labels and Internet music companies -- particularly about a recent event involving Amazon, NYT says. Billboard magazine reported in March that Apple asked music labels not to participate in an Amazon promotion called “MP3 Daily Deal" in March and then punished those that did participate by withdrawing marketing support on iTunes.

However, other reports -- such as those from The Wall Street Journal and AllThingsD -- suggest the investigation so far has been more wide-ranging, focusing on more general issues of digital music sales and pricing practices.

In other news:

  • The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) is integrating Twitter and Facebook into the newest version of its iPlayer, which will be introduced at the end of June, in an attempt to make the service more social.

  • Wired magazine has introduced its iPad edition, a $4.99 app.

  • A color version of the Kindle is "still a long way out," CEO Jeff Bezos said at Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)'s annual shareholder meeting in Seattle yesterday.

    — Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Light Reading Cable

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