Apple's Music Tactics Get U.S. Scrutiny

Apple's tactics in the market for digital music are being examined by the Justice Department, a report says.
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CUPERTINO, Calif. (

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Apple's

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tactics in the market for digital music are being examined by the Justice Department, a report says.

The

New York Times

, citing several people briefed on the conversations, reports Justice Department staff members have talked to major music labels and Internet music companies about Apple, which operates the popular iTunes service.

The antitrust inquiry is in the early stages, these people say, and the talks have revolved broadly around the dynamics of selling music online, the

Times

reports.

However, people briefed on the Justice Department inquiries said investigators had asked specifically about recent allegations that Apple used its dominant market position to persuade music labels to refuse to give

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exclusive access to music about to be released.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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