Apple: A complaint from Spotify in 2019 against Apple for anti-competitive market practices was accepted by the European Commission. Now it has become a formal European Union indictment of the brand – which will have to defend itself against allegations that it is using its own app store, the App Store, to favor its own services and harm competition.
No chance for the competition?
According to the report of the committee Apple has a “dominant position in the market for the distribution of streaming apps through the App Store”. It will have to advocate for enforcing mandatory transactions using the platform’s system (which charges a 30% transfer fee) and explain why it prohibits apps from informing users that there are other payment options outside of apps.
Studies have concluded that these compensation and practices that harm the services are closing the ecosystem to other stakeholders and, in some cases, leading to price increases, especially on iOS.
Since the case has not yet gone to trial, the company has only received documentation with the arguments and a “list of objections” that need to be answered. If convicted, the company could be forced to pay a fine of up to $ 27 billion, in addition to being forced to change its virtual store business model at least in Europe.