Apple Reportedly Faces Further EU Antitrust Charges Following a Complaint From Spotify

This comes a year after the EU accused Apple of breaching competition law in the music streaming market.

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The EU has its eye on how Apple conducts itself in the music streaming business.

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Apple will facing additional antitrust charges from the European Commission in the coming weeks, according to a Monday report from Reuters. This is said to come due to a music streaming investigation triggered by a complaint from Spotify. 

The extra charges come a year after the EU accused Apple of breaching competition law in the music streaming market through restrictive App Store rules. 

At the time, the EU's accusation outlined concerns from a 2019 complaint made by Spotify regarding Apple's policy for managing in-app payments. The complaint addressed how Apple charges Spotify and other subscription-based companies a 30% fee for in-app purchases, which, Spotify argued, was stifling competition for companies that compete with Apple Music. 

The commission now intends to set out extra antitrust charges in a supplementary statement of objections, according to Reuters, something that's normally issued when an EU competition enforcer has changed a portion of its case or found new evidence. 

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.