A few weeks ago, music streaming service Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission, claiming that Apple’s App Store rules give Apple an “unfair advantage at every turn.”
Now, the Financial Times reports that the EU will launch a formal antitrust inquiry into the matter in the next couple of weeks.
In a blog post explaining its decision to file the complaint, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said that Apple has put Spotify in an impossible position.
“Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30 percent tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from our Free to our Premium service. If we pay this tax, it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music,” he wrote. Read more…