What you need to know
- U.S. Congress has asked Spotify to provide information regarding its allegations of Apple's anticompetitive practices.
- Spotify has accused Apple of anticompetitive practices that favor its own music service, Apple Music, for years.
- This is the latest development as lawmakers begin to investigate possible anticompetitive violations by big tech companies.
Members of U.S. Congress have reached out to Spotify and requested information regarding allegations it has made against Apple regarding anticompetitive practices. According to Reuters, sources confirmed lawmakers are investigating the allegations.
Spotify has continually ran into issues with Apple as it directly competes with its Apple Music service. From failing to create a proper Apple Watch app given Apple's restrictions to the 30% cut Apple gets from in-app memberships, Spotify argues all these hurdles serve to boost up Apple Music instead of competitors.
Another issue developers like Spotify have raised is compatibility with Siri. It wasn't until recently (with iOS 13) that a third-party app like Spotify could use Siri to control the app.
Apple responded to the report as it has in the past.
Besides this instance with Apple, the Justice Department is looking into other anticompetitive violations by other big tech companies including Google and Facebook.
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