The European Commission today issued a “Statement of Objections” against Apple, nearly two years after Spotify filed an antitrust complaint with the European Union over “Apple Tax.” The Commission’s preliminary conclusion is that the Cupertino-based tech giant is in breach of the EU competition law.

The Statement of Objections takes issue with the imposition of Apple’s own in-app purchase system on all third-party music streaming apps that are distributed via the App Store. A preliminary investigation by the Commission found that nearly all the best music streaming services pass on the 30% commission fee imposed by Apple on purchases made through the system to end-users, which has resulted in higher in-app music subscription prices. It is also concerned that Apple enforces restrictions on app developers that prevent them from informing users about alternative purchasing options.


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