Spotify piles on, saying "you know there’s something wrong when Apple makes more off a Spotify subscription than it does off an Apple Music subscription and doesn’t share any of that with the music industry."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took mega-corporations to task on Wednesday, saying in a speech delivered in Washington, D.C. that the consolidation and concentration of various business sectors "threatens our markets, threatens our economy, and threatens our democracy.” The New England democrat, on a break from poking Donald Trump, began her remarks by discussing "too big to fail” banks and the merger-happy airline industry, but later pivoted to the technology sector and three of the world's most powerful companies.
"Google, Apple, and Amazon provide platforms that lots of other companies depend on for survival," she said. "But Google, Apple, and Amazon also, in many cases, compete with those same small companies, so that the platform can become a tool to snuff out competition."
She then offered a trio of examples of said snuffing, beginning with Google, which she pointed out was once accused by Federal Trade Commission staffers of gaming its search results in order to promote Google-branded content over content of its rivals. Though FTC commissioners declined to pursue the accusations, the European Union is moving forward with formal charges in a similar case. "Europeans may soon enjoy better protections than U.S. consumers,” she said.