Published: Thu, May 09, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

EU Launches Apple Antitrust Probe

EU Launches Apple Antitrust Probe

The publication says that European Union officials surveyed Spotify customers following the complaint, along with rival platforms, before deciding to launch their own investigation which is set to begin in a few weeks.

Rival streaming company Deezer has echoed Spotify's concerns, and other groups are also anxious about Apple's behaviour but are too afraid to take on Apple, according to the report.

Regulators in Europe reportedly plan to investigate an antitrust complaint filed by Spotify against Apple over allegations related to its fee structure. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

Back in March, music-streaming giant, Spotify launched "It's time to play fair" campaign where the company laid out reasons that revealed how Apple wasn't allowing competitors a fair.

Ek added that when Spotify doesn't use Apple's payment system, the company "applies a series of technical and experience-limiting restrictions", including limiting communication with customers and blocking upgrades. This is a result of Spotify's accusation that Apple is using its control of the App Store to squeeze out competition.


Naturally, a ruling in favour of Spotify will have a huge impact on Apple and its earnings.

This is also going to be a keenly watched court battle as a lot is at stake for both Apple and Spotify.

"Spotify wouldn't be the business they are today without the App Store ecosystem, but now they're leveraging their scale to avoid contributing to maintaining that ecosystem for the next generation of app entrepreneurs". We provide the platform by which users download and update their app.

If the EU decides Apple is in the wrong, it could charge the Cupertino company up to 10 percent of its global turnover as punishment, though it's important to note that the European Commission can take a long time to resolve issues, so don't expect a quick resolution. The authorities haven't set deadlines for the investigation and it could take years to reach a resolution, it said. However, things could be brought to an end soon if Apple change its behavior.

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