European Commission to probe alleged anti-competitive behavior by Apple

According to a report from the Financial Times, the European Commission is launching an official probe into Apple’s alleged anti-competitive behavior — alleged that is by Spotity The commission considered the filing and customer sentiment in its decision to launch a probe, an investigation that could take years to complete, the article says. 

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On March 13, Spotify filed an anti-competition complaint about Apple with the European Commission, claiming the Cupertino, California-based company limited innovation and constraining user choice by refusing to allow Spotify and other firms access to technology and information via the App Store. On March 15, Apple released this statement addressing Spotify’s claims:

We believe that technology achieves its true potential when we infuse it with human creativity and ingenuity. From our earliest days, we’ve built our devices, software and services to help artists, musicians, creators and visionaries do what they do best.

Sixteen years ago, we launched the iTunes Store with the idea that there should be a trusted place where users discover and purchase great music and every creator is treated fairly. The result revolutionized the music industry, and our love of music and the people who make it are deeply engrained in Apple.

Eleven years ago, the App Store brought that same passion for creativity to mobile apps. In the decade since, the App Store has helped create many millions of jobs, generated more than $120 billion for developers and created new industries through businesses started and grown entirely in the App Store ecosystem.