EU antitrust commissioner Margrethe Vestager will file antitrust charges against Apple later this week. The Commission has reason to believe that the rules set by the Apple App Store for developers violate EU law.
The case began two years ago when the Swedish music streaming services giant Spotify filed a complaint against Apple in the European Union. Spotify accuses Apple of charging a 30 percent commission. Additionally, Apple does not allow users to download apps outside of its ecosystem.
This case is one of many against Apple. It is also one of the most high-profile antitrust cases against US tech companies in the European Union. Spotify filed a complaint with the European Union against Apple in March 2019. In June of the same year, the European Commission launched an investigation. Vestager said at the time that Apple appears to have become a gatekeeper in distributing apps and content to iOS device users.
Apple has stated in the past that the App Store has made Spotify what it is today. Apple believes Spotify only wants to benefit from the App Store, but doesn’t want to contribute in any way.
Spotify believes Apple is treating its competitors unfairly and is committed to promoting its own music streaming service. Spotify claims that Apple’s control over its App Store has not only deprived consumers of choice but also denied rights to other music streaming service providers. Apple did this solely to serve its own music service, Apple Music.