Justice Department Probe Into Apple No Longer Just About iTunes

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We already knew that the U.S. Justice Department was investigating whether Apple “unfairly dominates” the sale of digital music; contacting officials in the music industry as well as online music vendors.  Now the New York Post‘s sources say that the probe is a bit broader than originally thought.

According to several sources, the Justice Dept. has contacted a handful of the country’s biggest media and technology companies to get their views on Apple, which, after years of casting itself as the tiny outsider, has become an 800-pound gorilla calling the shots in several arenas.

This might mean that the Justice Dept. is also looking into Apple’s dominance of the smart phone arena, or the infant but growing tablet market.

“The [Justice Dept.] is doing outreach,” said one of the NYPost’s sources. “You can’t dictate terms to the industry. The Adobe thing is just inviting the wrath of everybody.”

(via Techmeme.)


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