Posted by Shirley Brady on May 25, 2010 08:58 PM
The New York Times is reporting that the U.S. Dept. of Justice has started investigating Apple's online music sales practices.
DOJ investigators are said to be particularly interested in "recent allegations that Apple used its dominant market position to persuade music labels to refuse to give the online retailer Amazon.com exclusive access to music about to released."
Apple, the largest seller of online music in the U.S., is said to have pressured music labels to not participate in Amazon's MP3 Daily Deal promotion, allegedly punishing those that did by withdrawing marketing support for those songs on iTunes. More details are here.