After Spotify Complains, EU Launches Apple Music Probe

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The European Union is launching an Apple Music probe after Spotify accuses Apple of antitrust since it owns both Apple Music and the App Store (via TechCrunch).

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Apple Music Probe

The probe comes from the European Commission (EC) which is the European Union’s regulatory body. Spotify filed a complaint with the EC in March, saying Apple “tilted the playing field” because it owns iOS, the App Store, and Apple Music.

Apple operates a platform that, for over a billion people around the world, is the gateway to the internet. Apple is both the owner of the iOS platform and the App Store—and a competitor to services like Spotify. In theory, this is fine. But in Apple’s case, they continue to give themselves an unfair advantage at every turn.

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The EU is well known for taking on tech giants, fining Google €1.49 billion (US$1.67 billion) in March over antitrust violations in search ads.

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Does Spotify work on iOS devices? If so then they have no complaint.