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Daily Beast: Al Franken Targets Apple Over Antitrust Concerns

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By    |   Monday, 27 Jul 2015 03:39 PM

Sen. Al Franklin has an issue with Apple's practices in regards to its music service, and he has asked the feds to investigate the company's business practices.

According to The Daily Beast,
the Minnesota Democrat is "concerned" about whether Apple is violating any federal laws.

"I am concerned about competition and antitrust and making sure that consumers have choices of better products and lower prices and this has raised some concerns for me that I'd asked the FTC to be aware of and to look at more than anything," Franken told the website.

Franken wrote a letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, reports The Daily Caller, asking for the agencies to look into Apple's way of doing business.

Consumers who own an iPhone or iPad, for example, are charged more money to download a rival app to Apple's iTunes app, such as Spotify, Tidal, Rdio, or Rhapsody, than they would have been charged if they owned a non-Apple device.

Franken isn't sure that's right — or legal. Still, he's received a "mixed bag" of responses to his request.

"It's a bit of a mix bag, yeah," Franken said. "Kind of heard from tech people who have different opinions, so I'm kind of sorting through those now."

The senator, who used to work full-time as a comedian, told The Daily Beast he's not an Apple Music user and likes the Grateful Dead.

A Star Tribune story over the weekend discussed Franken's efforts to battle tech companies in his attempt to give consumers more privacy. In the last several months, Franken has targeted Uber, PayPal, and both Comcast and Time Warner Cable over their failed bid to merge.

Franken has also looked into OnStar and an app for Google Glass called NameTag, reports the Tribune.

He is on two subcommittees that deal with privacy and technology under the larger Committee on the Judiciary: the Privacy, Technology, and the Law subcommittee, of which he is the ranking member, and the Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights subcommittee.

"That's an area I'm interested in," Franken told the Tribune. "Just concentration of power in all kinds of things but really in telecommunications."

In February, Franken raised concerns over "smart" TVs.

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Sen. Al Franklin has an issue with Apple's practices in regards to its music service, and he has asked the feds to investigate the company's business practices.
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