European Union files Apple antitrust charges

From The Verge’s “EU accuses Apple of App Store antitrust violations after Spotify complaint” posted Friday:

The European Commission is issuing antitrust charges against Apple over concerns about the company’s App Store practices. The Commission has found that Apple has broken EU competition rules with its App Store policies, following an initial complaint from Spotify back in 2019. Specifically, the Commission believes Apple has a “dominant position in the market for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store.”

The EU has focused on two rules that Apple imposes on developers: the mandatory use of Apple’s in-app purchase system (for which Apple charges a 30 percent cut), and a rule forbidding app developers to inform users of other purchasing options outside of apps. The Commission has found that the 30 percent commission fee, or “Apple tax” as it’s often referred to, has resulted in higher prices for consumers. “Most streaming providers passed this fee on to end users by raising prices,” according to the European Commission.

My take: The other shoe has dropped.

8 Comments

  1. Ken Cheng said:
    No good deed goes unpunished.

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  2. William Baggs said:
    Vestager is a career politician. Commend EU for GDPR but it would be interesting how her bread is buttered.

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  3. I thought the EU held strong positions on privacy and fairness. One glance at the Spotify app’s privacy policy tells me they steal user’s personal data to sell to other firms. Spotify pays talented musicians who create their ‘product’ almost nothing at all. Spotify is just as greedy and unscrupulous as Facebook.

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  4. Gregg Thurman said:
    Is (name any store) required to tell you where you can can get a product for less? Is (name any store) required to lower its fees in order that you can compete with the store brand?

    Does Apple’s store brand under cut your brand? Can you buy any and every product at every store you go to?

    How is Spotify (the largest streaming music service) being hurt by not being in the App Store?

    The EU is accusing Apple of violating its rules, while the EU’s Airbus is being subsidized by a consortium of EU countries. Why isn’t that a violation of EU rules?

    What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander. In my estimation, this is headed to higher EU courts on appeal, where Vesteger has already been over turned.

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  5. David Emery said:
    Well, “law by Twitter” is even more evil than “politics by Twitter”.

    It would be interesting to read what specific relief is being proposed.

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  6. bas flik said:
    its ridiculous charge because consumers can listen for free on spotify.
    so consumers are not harmed.
    i listen for free already 10 years
    this case is empty or justice system is terrible corrupt.
    EU is terrible organization.

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  7. Gary Morton said:
    Margrethe Vestager: Our preliminary conclusion: Apple is doing something to make money. (Under her breath: It does not matter what it is, I the great and powerful Margrethe will stop them). Apple must be taking profits or taxes away from Europe or European citizens. Apple must become a non-profit or stop all its horrible capitalist behaviors.

    My take: ….Haters have to hate.

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  8. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    “Fairness” by fiat.

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    April 30, 2021

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