EU readies chargesheet against Apple on Spotify complaint

Brussels: The European Union’s antitrust regulator are finalising a charge sheet against Apple Inc. triggered by a complaint by Swedish music streaming service Spotify Inc., two people familiar with the matter said, with one saying the document may be sent to the iPhone maker before the summer.

The case is one of four opened by the European Commission into Apple in June last year and could force the company to change its lucrative business model.

Spotify said Apple is unfairly restricting rivals to its own music steaming service Apple Music while another gripe is the 30% commission levied on app developers.

The EU competition enforcer usually sets out what it considers suspected violations of the bloc’s antitrust rules in its statement of objections, whether a fine is merited and what companies have to do to stop anti-competitive practices.


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