Apple's party of TV and news subscriptions may end with hangover for rivals

CNET | 3/23/2019 | Joan E. Solsman
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Slick new gadgets are usually the stars of Apple's splashy events. But on Monday, Apple will put subscriptions and services in the spotlight.

A star-studded new TV service is expected to headline Apple's event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. Apple will likely unveil a news-subscription service built into a reimagined Apple News, as well as one bundle to rule them all, tying them all together with Apple Music. Plus it's always possible for the show to wrap up with "one more thing."

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In other words, Apple is taking on a new field of rivals -- just as two of Apple's existing competitors are crying foul.

In the last two weeks, Spotify and Kaspersky Lab have filed complaints with regulators alleging Apple stifles services that directly compete with its own. The two companies, a streaming music giant and a cybersecurity mainstay, made similar claims of Apple abusing the marketplace power of the App Store to strangle rivals' features, promotions or pricing.

Kinds - Disputes - Concerns - Apps - Services

These kinds of disputes over antitrust concerns seem wonky and far-removed, but they could affect apps and services you use everyday. They could trigger changes to how easily you can buy services from Apple rivals and how much you pay for them. And with Apple about to widen the kinds of services already offered by companies on its platforms, more of your favorite apps could be sucked in.

Apple's dominance hasn't gone unnoticed. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential nominee, has called for the breakup of tech titans including Google, Facebook and, yes, Apple.

Crisis - Economy - Rivka - Gewirtz - Little

"What we're really facing here is an existential crisis of...a new economy," said Rivka Gewirtz Little, an analyst for payment strategies for IDC. "We are living in a marketplace economy where innovation is unending, but we still haven't answered the questions of monetizing it with fairness."

Another powerful regulator has...
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