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EU: New elements should bolster Apple investigation – Sciences et Avenir

Fu Yun Chi

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is set to release new evidence as part of its investigation into Apple following a complaint by Spotify, but no further formal charges are expected. The move is intended to expedite the case, as we learned from informed sources. .

The EU chief executive suspects the iPhone maker of anti-competitive practices in the music streaming market because its smartphone app store (“App Store”) rules require developers to use its payment system and prevent them from informing their customers about the existence of alternative ways to purchase.

Spotify, the Swedish group that competes with Apple in the online music market, believes the new tech giant is enjoying an unfair advantage over the iPhone, in particular by charging fees for subscriptions and third-party services paid through its payment system.

The European Commission, which asked Apple last year to revise its rules on the matter, initially considered sending a new document called a “statement of objection,” a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. This document usually introduces new complaints or changes to the original complaint.

According to these sources, the European chief executive would ultimately decide to send a fact-finding letter to Apple without new allegations, even if a final decision on the matter has not yet been made.

Such a letter usually contains new evidence supporting the original allegations, to which companies can respond by submitting a written document.

When asked, the European Commission declined to comment.

Apple, which faces a fine of up to 10% of its global revenue, did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

(Report by Fu Yong Chi; French version by Claude Shenju, edited by Jean Tertian)

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