...as much anti-competition as it is anti-piracy
Ha ha, good one Giles.
"As much anti-competition"... no, it's *entirely* about anti-competition: locking out competitors, segmenting the market and controlling distribution channels. I don't think the criminal infringement community consider it much of a barrier.
Saying "we just want to protect our hard work from being stolen by thieves" reads much better than "we want to conspire against and rob the public" though, so expect more of this industry spinning. Remember kids: the music industry loves you and wants to be your friend.