Vestager said the commission has conducted other investigations against Apple, including whether the company will eliminate rivals to Apple Pay and has spoken to partners in the US, Australia and Netherlands on requirements.
“It’s an area that has caused concern for some of our colleagues around the world,” Vestager said.
Spotify welcomes the decision of the European Commission. Starting in 2016, the Swedish company stopped allowing customers to purchase subscriptions through their iPhone and iPad apps as a way to avoid paying Apple fees, instead directing people to its website. Spotify.
“Ensuring the iOS platform works fairly is an urgent task with far-reaching implications,” Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs and chief legal officer at Spotify, said in a statement. The commission’s announcement “is an important step to hold Apple accountable for its anti-competitive behavior, ensuring meaningful choice for all consumers and a level playing field,” he said. for application developers ”.
Apple says its App Store policies don’t hurt competition but, on the contrary, give businesses a platform to reach customers. The company says developers can find payment alternatives, noting that Spotify pays Apple a small commission because customers have to sign up through a website. Apple says Spotify has become the world’s largest music streaming service thanks in part to the App Store.
“They want all the benefits of the App Store but don’t think they have to pay anything for that,” Apple said in a statement. “The argument of the committee on behalf of Spotify contradicts fair competition.”
Criticism of the App Store is part of a broader debate about the power of the tech industry, where a handful of companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet, which own Google, have the same authority as themselves. government to establish policies for the major parts of the digital economy. This agency defines how people seek information and entertainment, communicate and shop.