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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:18 AM   #1
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Apple Blocks Bloom.fm iAd Advertising Ahead of U.K. iTunes Radio Launch




London-based streaming-music service Bloom.fm says it has been blocked from advertising on Apple's iAd network because it is a threat to the Cupertino company's iTunes radio, reports CNET. Similar to iTunes Radio, Bloom.fm offers genre and artist-based streaming radio stations with a library of over 22 million tracks.
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"We were surprised at Apple's decision to ban us from their iAd network as their iTunes Radio service isn't even available in the UK," the spokesman told CNET. "Bloom.fm gives you 22 million tracks for £1 a month -- the price of a single download on iTunes -- so I can see why they'd want to protect their business."
Apple may be blocking Bloom.fm as it prepares to launch its iTunes Radio service in the U.K. The service debuted in the U.S. alongside the release of iOS 7 last fall and was recently extended to Australia. It is expected to debut in the U.K. sometime in early 2014.

Over the past several months, some iPhone owners in the U.K. have reported intermittent connections to the iTunes Radio service, suggesting Apple is in the final stages of preparing the product for an imminent launch. Bringing iTunes Radio to countries worldwide is a top priority for Apple, says senior vice president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue, who confirmed the company plans to offer the service "in more than 100 countries."

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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:20 AM   #2
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:21 AM   #3
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Is it even LEGAL for Apple to do such a thing?
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:22 AM   #4
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£1 a month? Talk about race to the bottom. I only own my music, so even free isn't enticing to me.
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:22 AM   #5
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Apple is taking over the radio industry! (I didn't say if this is a good or a bad thing)
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:22 AM   #6
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Is it even LEGAL for Apple to do such a thing?
They have some of the best lawyers in the world.... yes, it's legal, until a court says otherwise.
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:23 AM   #7
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I'm really surprised it's taken so long to launch over here. I had it appear in my iTunes app back in November/December last year and expected it to launch in the not too distant future following that. 4/5 months later, I'm still waiting.
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If this is true it's pretty sad. But I guess that's one way to ensure the success of your offering. Hopefully there's another reason.
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:27 AM   #9
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It's their ad network - they can do what they want ultimately until legally required to change.

That being said - it should be clear that Apple does not like competition.
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:32 AM   #10
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Great way to give Bloom.fm free exposure!
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:33 AM   #11
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Apple is taking over the radio industry! (I didn't say if this is a good or a bad thing)
Not really, Pandora and Spotify have too much of a lead on them.
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:34 AM   #12
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This can't be legal
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:34 AM   #13
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Is it even LEGAL for Apple to do such a thing?
When is the last time you saw an ABC ad on NBC? Or heard one radio station advertise on another? Not really anything new.
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:35 AM   #14
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Is it even LEGAL for Apple to do such a thing?
My guess is that for it to be illegal it would require Apple to be considered abusing a dominant position to unfairly compete against Bloom.fm:

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Wow - this is a pathetically sad move on Apple's part. They're counting on customers not knowing about better services so that they'll use Apple's.

Personally, I love Spotify. I briefly tried iTunes Radio before Spotify became free on iOS, but as soon as Spotify offered that, it was a no-brainer.

I'm a bit interested in this Bloom.fm… I've never heard of it before. It sounds cheaper than Spotify… is it basically the same thing at a lower price? How is their library? I've been quite impressed with how much Spotify has… the biggest name I have wanted and not been able to get on Spotify is Rammstein.
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If it's legal, then why isn't Google banning Apple/iPhone queries from his Search Engine? :>
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Old Apr 11, 2014, 10:44 AM   #17
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Is it even LEGAL for Apple to do such a thing?
You ever see an advertisement for an ABC TV show while watching a CBS TV show? Me neither.

Yes it is legal.

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If it's legal, then why isn't Google banning Apple/iPhone queries from his Search Engine? :>
Because Google's mobile ad revenue would be cut by 80%. Google actually pays Apple to make Google the default search engine on iOS. However, Siri is separate and Apple has chosen to keep Siri's use of search engine a closed choice. It currently uses Bing (like Microsoft's new Cortana).
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Without any proof this sounds like a bit of free advertising for a company no one has ever heard of.
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Wow - this is a pathetically sad move on Apple's part. They're counting on customers not knowing about better services so that they'll use Apple's.

Personally, I love Spotify. I briefly tried iTunes Radio before Spotify became free on iOS, but as soon as Spotify offered that, it was a no-brainer.

I'm a bit interested in this Bloom.fm… I've never heard of it before. It sounds cheaper than Spotify… is it basically the same thing at a lower price? How is their library? I've been quite impressed with how much Spotify has… the biggest name I have wanted and not been able to get on Spotify is Rammstein.
Yeah, I'd prefer Apple used Bloom.fm as competition to push them forward, not rely on consumer ignorance to push Apple iTunes radio adoption.

Still, it's backfired. Thanks to banning them from iAds, I've now heard of Bloom for the first time. I'll be checking out now if they're available here!

Edit - I just checked what they offer for £1, and no thanks! Can stream from Spotify for free, and have no interest in "borrowing" tracks that I lose if I unsubscribe, I'll buy from eMusic instead.
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I hope this is not the case. apple should let everyone advertise.
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Don't stop here Apple, a lot of countries still waiting
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If it's legal, then why isn't Google banning Apple/iPhone queries from his Search Engine? :>
Google is undobtely dominant in the search market: that's why it cannot leverage it to unfarily compete and cannot tamper with search results like you suggest.
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If you read the iAD T&C's you'll see that Apple have the right to refuse companies advertising for any reason they see fit. So all you "is it legal" people, I'm guessing you are American. Yes it is legal and no, you can't sue.
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It is expected to debut in the U.K. sometime in early 2014.
Early 2014 has long gone....
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People have been saying 'ahead of UK iTunes Radio Launch' for a long time now
When it's not even on their iTunes or iOS UK Pages yet.
And it's not closer to Mid 2014 not early 2014
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