EU to charge Apple over anti-competitive App Store fees this week

The European Union is expected to charge Apple over anticompetitive behavior allegations this week, almost two years after Spotify lodged its complaint with the European Commission about the App Store and Apple Music.

In 2019, Spotify wrote to the European Commission about the App Store’s 30-percent commission for transactions. Spotify believed it put the company at a disadvantage as Apple Music wasn’t affected by the same charge.The complaint helped launch a probe by the European Commission in June 2020 into the App Store, one which may result in formal charges being placed against Apple in the near future. The Financial Times claims EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager will issue the charges later in the week.

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