Apple could face an antitrust charge sheet by the European Union (EU) in the coming weeks over a 2019 complaint lodged by Spotify, Reuters reported. The charge could force Apple to change its business model.
The music streaming service had earlier alleged that Apple unfairly restricts rivals to Apple Music and it also protested Apple's 30% fee for in-app purchases. The case is one of four opened by the EU competition enforcer against Apple in June last year. The EU charge sheet usually indicates whether a fine is merited and what companies have to do to halt anti-competitive practices.
Apple referred to its March 2019 blog which said its App Store helped Spotify to benefit from hundreds of millions of app downloads to become Europe’s largest music streaming service.
Spotify in its 2019 complaint to the Commission said Apple unfairly restricts rivals to its own music steaming service Apple Music and also protested against the 30% fee levied on app developers to use Apple’s in-app purchase system (IAP).
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