EU opens in-depth investigation into Apple's proposed acquisition of Shazam

EU opens in-depth investigation into Apple's proposed acquisition of Shazam

The European Commission — an institution of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU — has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple under the EU Merger Regulation. In a statement, the EC says it’s concerned the merger could reduce choice for users of music streaming services.

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European Commission opening investigation into Apple acquisition of Shazam

European Commission opening investigation into Apple acquisition of Shazam

Shazam is an amazing app and service -- you let it "listen" to songs that are playing, and it can tell you what the song is, who the artist is, and even let you purchase that song. The way that Shazam is used by millions of users to point them towards streaming services like Spotify or purchase points like iTunes is exactly why Apple is proposing to acquire the service. Now the European Commission is investigating the proposed acquisition to see if it poses an antitrust threat.

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Apple updates its Shazam app/service

Apple updates its Shazam app/service

Apple has updated its Shazam app, the popular music recognition app that’s used by more than 100 million people each month to identify music, get song lyrics, and more. The company has added lyric syncing, better search results display, and a new track menu that provides access to the info the Shazam service offers.

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European Commission to examine Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

European Commission to examine Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

The European Commission — an institution of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU — says it’s accepted a request from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden to assess under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple. 

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