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New European Indictment Against Apple Over Music Streaming

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European competition authorities are likely to file a new indictment against Apple over the tech group’s dominance in the music streaming market.


The European Commission already ruled last year that the iPhone manufacturer abused its power in the music market. Now Brussels may have new evidence for the additional indictment, and an insider told Reuters news agency. However, it is not clear what that charge will be exactly.

Music streaming service Spotify had previously complained about Apple’s dominance, which led to other streaming services using Apple’s own payment system. The idea was that by requiring Spotify to use Apple’s payment system, where the American company receives a 30 percent commission on every payment, Apple is putting its Swedish competitor behind.

The market watchdog also found the fact that apps in the App Store are not allowed to report that taking out a subscription is cheaper outside the App Store.

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