Mon, 10 May 2021

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The European Union antitrust authorities will investigate Apple for what it claims is its monopolistic and discriminatory approach in running its digital distribution platform, the App Store.

The EU actions were triggered by a complaint from Spotify, a commercial music streaming platform.

The EU action could result in Apple being fined nearly 10 percent of its global earnings.

A second complaint filed by Spotify was regarding the 30-percent fee imposed on application developers for using the In-App Purchase System in the App store.

However, no statement was issued by the European Commission, which has begun four investigations into Apple's business practices.

Drawing attention to its blog in March 2019 after Spotify issued its complaints, Apple contended that its competitor had, in fact, benefited from the App Store, selling millions of songs on the largest music streaming platform in Europe.

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