Apple will face an extra antitrust charge from EU regulators in probe

Apple will face an extra antitrust charge from EU regulators as part of the music streaming probe against it

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Apple may have to face an additional EU antitrust charge in the coming weeks in an investigation triggered by a complaint from Spotify, a sign that EU enforcers are strengthening their case against the company.

The European Commission last year accused the iPhone maker of distorting competition in the music streaming market via restrictive rules for its App Store that force developers to use its own in-app payment system and prevent them from informing users of other purchasing options.

Such requirements have also come under scrutiny in United States and Britain.

Extra charges set out in a so-called supplementary statement of objections are usually issued to companies when the EU competition enforcer has gathered new evidence or has modified some elements to boost its case.

A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that Apple will be hit with an additional antitrust charge which will be brought against the multinational tech giant in a matter of weeks.  

The Commission declined to comment. Apple had no immediate comment.

Spotify, the largest music subscription service in the world, is one of Europe’s few global success stories in consumer technology.

Apple may have to face an additional EU antitrust charge in the coming weeks in an investigation triggered by a complaint from Spotify, a sign that EU enforcers are strengthening their case against the company  (An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City)

The European Commission last year accused the iPhone maker of distorting competition in the music streaming market via restrictive rules for its App Store that force developers to use its own in-app payment system and prevent them from informing users of other purchasing options. Such requirements have also come under scrutiny in United States and Britain (file photo of an iPhone 13 pro pictured)

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