Apple Music is currently being phased out of Australia and Canada due to copyright infringement concerns.
The app, which was originally released in 2009 and features live streaming of shows from artists such as Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande, has been removed from all Australian and Canadian mobile and desktop services.
The news comes after Apple’s Music streaming platform was temporarily blocked in China in January, with the company claiming it was infringing on users’ intellectual property rights.
Apple has since issued a statement to The Verge, saying that it “has been working with law enforcement authorities around the world to investigate and remove infringing content from its platforms”.
It said the removal of its app would affect all of its services in Australia, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, the US and all of Latin America.
“We are committed to fighting online piracy of our music and video content and our Music service will continue to operate without Apple Music in Australia and New Zealand,” it said.
The statement also said the company was working with the Australian Copyright Council to investigate the alleged infringement of users’ copyright, as well as working with Apple to protect their content and services.
“These steps are designed to ensure Apple Music’s future in Australia will be secure, and we are working to ensure we do not inadvertently infringe on the intellectual property of others.
Apple Music will continue on with its mission of empowering people to enjoy music in a way that is personalized, relevant and affordable,” it added.
A spokesperson for Apple Music told The Verge that “all of Apple Music users have a right to access and use Apple Music content and to monetise that content in a fair and equitable way.
All content and content services on Apple Music are owned by Apple and are subject to strict copyright laws.
This includes content that is directly linked to Apple Music.”
The spokesperson said the service had been blocked in some markets “due to high-risk factors such as a high risk of copyright infringement, threats to users’ safety or financial hardship”, but “we are working with our legal team to work with them to resolve the situation in Australia”.
In March this year, Apple said that it was removing all of Apple’s mobile and streaming music apps in Australia.
It has since taken its music streaming service offline in a bid to protect users from legal issues.