From “‘Fortnite’ Maker, Spotify Form Advocacy Group to Push for App Store Changes” published in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal:
Companies including “Fortnite” maker Epic Games Inc., Spotify Technology and Tinder owner Match Group have forged an alliance to pressure Apple Inc. and other app-store operators to make changes to their marketplace rules.
The Coalition for App Fairness, a nonprofit registered in Washington, D.C., made its public debut Thursday, saying most app stores collect excessive commissions from software developers on users’ digital purchases and stifle competition by giving unfair advantages to their own products and services…
The increased importance of the app stores has also generated more scrutiny over how they operate. Apple has recently faced public criticism from a number of large companies, such as Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. A group representing news publishers including the New York Times, the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal last month sent a letter to Apple saying it wanted to know what it would take for them to get better App Store deal terms. Apple is also being investigated by Congress, the Justice Department, the European Union and the Federal Trade Commission on antitrust grounds.
My take: The charge of “unfair advantages to [Apple’s] own products and services” is the one that has legs.
See also the Apple 3.0 Antitrust archives.