According to reports filed with an Italian regulatory agency (AGCOM), Apple is apparently planning to purchase an Italian startup called Redmatica, developers of audio editing software for the Mac (Keymap Pro and AutoSampler).
The news was first reported by Italian blog Fanpage (via TechCrunch), who first discovered the filings. As Federico Viticci of MacStories (who is fluent in Italian) notes, the filing does not indicate that Apple has already acquired Redmatica. The document does provide a description of the two companies, however, and spells out the terms of the proposed acquisition.
It’s also worth noting that the acquisition should not require any sort of investigation, and should be safe for competitors due to the fact that Apple is not a key player in “Digital Audio Workstation” software.
While it’s not clear why Apple plans to acquire Redmatica, it’s likely that the company plans to use their technology and talent to improve their own audio apps, Logic Pro and GarageBand. Neither Apple nor Redmatica has so far commented on the acquisition.