Report: EU to charge Apple over anti-competitive behavior this week
What you need to know
- Apple could be in big trouble with the EU.
- A new report says antitrust charges against Apple will be publicly issued this week.
- It's over claims the App Store violates EU rules on competition.
A new report says Apple will be publicly charged by the EU over anticompetitive behavior this week.
From The Irish Times:
As the report notes, the case stems from a complaint filed by Spotify, one of the best streaming apps for iPhone, with the EU two years ago because of the 30% cut Apple takes from subscriptions sold through the App Store, whilst running its own competing streaming service in Apple Music.
Apple has previously said Spotify was using "its financial motivations in misleading rhetoric."
It was reported in March the body was finalizing charges in the case. From that report:
No further timescale beyond "this week" is given in the report, however, if accurate we can expect a public announcement within days. The news could be a huge blow for Apple on the eve of its massive antitrust fight against Epic Games, which is due to begin next week, May 5. Epic Games is suing Apple over almost the very same issue, claims that its 30% cut of App Store sales is unlawful and that Apple has a monopoly over app distribution on iOS and the iPhone, and has also filed its own complaint against Apple with the EU.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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