EU accuses Apple of breaking antitrust law over music streaming
April 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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28 November 2020, Hamburg: The Apple logo can be seen at an Apple store in downtown Hamburg. Photo: Bodo Marks/dpa (Photo by Bodo Marks/picture alliance via Getty Images)
European regulators have accused Apple of violating EU antitrust law, saying the company's app store rules unfairly restrict rival music services.
London (CNN Business)European regulators have accused Apple (AAPL) of violating EU antitrust law, saying the company's app store rules unfairly restrict rival music services.
Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission's top antitrust official, said Friday that the bloc had reached the "preliminary conclusion" that Apple is in breach of competition law.
The company's music service competes with streaming services "but Apple charges high commission fees on rivals in the App store and forbids them to inform of alternative subscription options," she said in a post on Twitter.
The Commission said in a statement Friday that it "takes issue with" the mandatory use of Apple's in-app purchase system imposed on streaming services.
"By setting strict rules on the App store that disadvantage competing music streaming services, Apple deprives users of cheaper music streaming choices and distorts competition," Vestager said in the statement.