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Apple: European Commission “takes Spotify’s complaint very seriously”

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Posted: March 15 2019
Updated: March 14, 2019

by Steve

The Swedish streaming giant, Spotifyannounced yesterday Wednesday March 13th that it had filed a complaint against Apple by contacting the European Commission, in order to denounce possible unfair competition on the part of the apple brand on the App Store. And for good reason: as the owner of theApp store, the apple brand can highlight its applications without warning anyone, administer major competitive advantages … And above all, impose a 30% commission on all purchases that take place on its platform.

margrethe vestager - Apple: the European Commission

Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition, known for having rejected the merger project between the French Alstom and the German Siemens, in particular, reacted to the complaint launched by Spotify: We take any complaints we receive very seriously, because a lot of effort must be made to file a complaint. She said to the Bloomberg website. And to add: ” It takes a long time, so obviously we take it very seriously. We are now starting our research. What we will do with it, of course, remains to be seen

Regarding Apple, it poses a big question about its nature as a digital giant: ” If you are both the host [de l’App Store] and the competitor [avec Apple Music], how should you behave when you have acquired a certain market status yourself? ” The investigation has just started, and the Commissioner already seems to have a few arguments in her pocket…