What you need to know
- Apple is being investigated by the European Commission.
- That's over anticompetitive behavior within its App Store.
- Spotify has welcomed the move.
Spotify has welcomed the announcement that Apple is under investigation by the European Commission over anti-competitive practices in its App Store.
Yesterday, the European Commission issued two joint statements announcing formal investigations into Apple Pay and the App Store. Regarding the App Store specifically, it said:
Following the announcement, Spotify said it welcomed the move. Spotify has been one of the main outcriers against Apple's App Store practices. Namely, Apple taking a 30% cut of Spotify subscriptions sold through the App Store, despite the fact Apple operates a direct competitor platform, Apple Music. On its website dedicated to leveling the playing field, 'Time to Play Fair', Spotify said:
The European Commission is investigating the mandatory use of Apple's own in-app-purchase system, its 30% rate of commission, and restrictions placed on developers to inform users about alternative purchasing possibilities. The commission says its "in-depth investigations" will be carried out as a matter of priority, but that the opening of a formal investigation does not prejudge its outcome.
Apple blasted the move stating saying it was "disappointing the European Commission is advancing baseless complaints from a handful of companies who simply want a free ride, and don't want to play by the same rules as everyone else. We don't think that's right — we want to maintain a level playing field where anyone with determination and a great idea can succeed."
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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.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9