Big Tech Update
The European Union (EU) isn’t too happy with Apple right now and it just brought antitrust charges against the company to prove its point.
Our preliminary conclusion: @Apple is in breach of EU competition law. @AppleMusic compete with other music streaming services. But @Apple charges high commission fees on rivals in the App store & forbids them to inform of alternative subscription options. Consumers losing out.— Margrethe Vestager (@vestager) April 30, 2021
Apple’s charges stemmed from a complaint initially filed by Spotify that brought the company’s app store policies into question. After investigating the complaint, the EU determined that Apple’s app store policies violated EU competition rules.
Part of the EU’s focus is that Apple requires developers to use its in-app purchasing system (and Apple gets a 30 percent kick back on that), and another rule that forbids app developers to inform users of purchasing options outside of apps.
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