The EU concludes that Apple maintains a dominant position over its competitors in the music streaming business.
In June 2020, the European Commission launched an investigation into Apple’s practices around the music streaming business, which has now concluded with a decision to find it. guilty of favoring Apple Music over Spotify and the rest of the music streaming platforms.
This has been communicated by the Vice President of the European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, through her Twitter account, where he has communicated the preliminary findings of the Commission The investigation, initiated at the behest of Spotify, concludes that the 30% commission that Apple charges for paid applications in its App Store constitutes a practice contrary to free competition.
In the case of music streaming, Apple Music offers its own platform aimed at the same market as, for example, Spotify, but does not “charge itself” this commission, hence the abuse of a dominant position and the obstruction of freedom competition by restricting choices to the consumer. This explicitly contravenes Article 102 of the TFEU (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union).
Even despite the fact that in November of last year Apple announced a reduction in its commission that went from 30 to 15% for small developers, where the European Commission has also focused on video game developers.
If finally found guilty Apple could face a fine amounting to 23,000 million euros.