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Apple Faces Spotify Antitrust Complaint to EU Over App Store (2)

March 13, 2019, 11:01 AMUpdated: March 13, 2019, 12:38 PM

Apple Inc. should be probed by the European Union’s antitrust agency over how it allegedly squeezes rival music streaming services, Spotify Technology SA said, escalating a debate over how Apple takes a cut of sales on its App Store.

The iPhone maker has created an “untenable” situation by imposing ever-changing rules and a 30 percent tax for apps that compete with Apple Music, Spotify said in a statement on March 13. The Stockholm-based company said it filed a complaint about this with the European Commission on March 11.

“Once Apple became a platform provider, but also a direct competitor,...

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