A US senator has called for an investigation into the competitive nature of Apple Music, asking that the relevant authorities consider its impact on the wider market.
Senator Al Franken is concerned about the potential for market abuse and dominance, and has has asked the Department of Justice (DoJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate.
Franken said in a letter to DoJ attorney general Loretta Lynch and FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez (PDF) that the recently released Apple Music puts limitations on rival providers.
"Increased competition in the music streaming market should mean that consumers will ultimately benefit through more choices of better products and at lower prices," wrote the senator.
"I am concerned, however, that Apple's position as a dominant platform operator may actually undermine many of the potential consumer benefits of its entry into the market.
"To protect consumer choice and promote greater transparency of pricing, I ask that you review Apple's business practices with respect to its competitors in the music streaming market."
The problem is that Apple operates in two parts of the online music business, and Franken told the FTC and the DoJ that running iTunes and Apple Music puts the firm in a position that it could abuse.
Franken reminded the agencies that controversy already exists and that Apple has been criticised for taking a 30 percent cut of application revenues and is linked with competitor exploitation.
"The recent launch of Apple Music has brought to light a number of restrictions Apple places on app developers, including its own competitors in the music streaming market, that rely on Apple's operating system to offer their products and services to all consumers with Apple devices," he added.
"These types of restrictions seem to offer no competitive benefit and may actually undermine the competitive process, to the detriment of consumers, who may end up paying substantially more than the current market price."
V3 has asked Apple to comment.
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