Apple's TV streaming and news bundle may have rivals crying foul

CNET | 3/25/2019 | Joan E. Solsman
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Slick new gadgets are usually the stars of Apple's splashy events. But on Monday, the company will put the spotlight on subscriptions and services.

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 all the services together with Apple Music. Plus it's always possible for the show to wrap up with "one more thing."

Words - Apple - Field - Rivals - Apple

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 allegations of Apple abusing the marketplace power of its App Store to strangle rivals' features, promotions or pricing.

Kinds - Disputes - Concerns - Wonky - Obscure

These kinds of disputes over antitrust concerns seem wonky and obscure, but they could affect apps and services you use every day. 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 into the debate.

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, a payment strategies analyst for IDC. "We are living in a marketplace economy where innovation is unending, but we still haven't answered the questions of...
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