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Spotify’s Apple Music Complaint Was a Near Decade in the Making

March 13, 2019, 1:10 PM

Spotify Technology SA latest complaint against Apple Inc. highlights the tensions that arise when a hardware powerhouse starts competing with companies that helped drive the appeal of its products in the first place.

Spotify on March 13 demanded that Apple should be probed by the European Union’s powerful antitrust agency over how it allegedly squeezes rival music streaming services.

Whether intentional or not, Spotify’s approach to reshaping the music industry was -- for the most part -- subtle enough to not draw major concern from Apple. Its software has been a mainstay on the American company’s platforms since a desktop ...