Industry rumours suggest that Facebook is planning to bring out a music streaming service in the not too distant future, although there is no indication yet of when this could happen.
“The market power and leverage Apple is exerting in the creation of its new streaming music service is very disconcerting and must be stopped”, Consumer Watchdog wrote.
The company believes that this is an isolated case as only “a few users” were affected. Bidness etc previously reported thatmusic streaming companies had complained about Apple’s policies and told customers to be careful of the extra charges.
Furthermore, 9to5Mac also reveals that besides the iTunes related services, the Mac and iOS App Stores are also facing a downtime along with the Podcast app as well.
The outage came about a half an hour before MTV was set to announce nominees for its Video Music Awards during Beats 1, Apple’s new radio station.
You probably know that a lot of Apple services went down last night, meaning that people couldn’t buy apps and albums or whatever it is they do with their phones.
In a note on the firm’s official System Status page which flagged the troubled services, Apple said it would “update the status as more information becomes available”. To access Apple Music’s full streaming catalog, users must pay a $9.99 per month subscription fee.
It is also possible that Beat 1 was at fault on this as it shares some internal networks with other services. Al Franken has sent a letter to two federal agencies urging them to look into the way Apple operates its music-streaming service.
A key question Mr Franken and the feds are asking is whether Apple is harming competitors like Spotify and Rdio by charging them extra fees. The bigger issue is how fast Apple responds and corrects it. Apples actually at the top when it comes to correcting these kinds of errors.