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Apple gets serious about 'piracy', pulls plug on music download apps

Promotes iTunes Radio instead
Wed Jun 11 2014, 14:06

Apple iTunes logoAPPLE REPORTEDLY is removing apps that allow users to download music from third-party websites, following yesterday's revelation that the firm will ban apps that encourage excessive social sharing and video views.

This latest revelation comes via Macrumours, which has noticed that several popular music download apps have disappeared from Apple's iTunes store.

Apple told The INQUIRER it would not be commenting, but the report noted that while apps such as Spotify are still showing in the App Store, those that allowed music downloads from third-party websites - such as Soundcloud and Youtube - have vanished.

Macrumours has heard from iOS developers that Apple has asked them to remove audio downloading functions from their apps, seemingly confirming the company's latest crackdown, which could show the firm getting serious about 'piracy'.

What's more, the move could be to promote its own music services, as if you do a search for "music download" in the App Store in the US, it now displays a message inviting users to try out iTunes Radio. This also suggests that Apple is looking to expand the availability of its streaming service, but then again, iTunes Radio was tipped to launch in the UK early this year and Apple has yet to make an announcement.

As noted by Macrumours, the move could signal Apple looking to tidy up its App Store too, before it launches a revamped version with iOS 8 later this year.

That's not all Apple is doing to clean up its App Store, if so. Yesterday we reported that the firm will also ban apps that encourage users to share excessively on social media websites to curb annoying notifications from apps such as Candy Crush. It will also ban apps that encourage video views to win rewards such as in-game currency and extra lives. µ


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