EU accuses Apple of anti-competitive behavior, with billions on the line

Apple’s App Store rules are unfair, the European Commission has concluded following a year-long investigation.

The EU launched a formal investigation into Apple’s App Store rules last June, following a complaint by Spotify in 2019, which claimed that Apple’s App Store rules make it impossible for the company to stay competitive.

Now, Europe’s preliminary conclusion is that Apple is in breach of Europe’s competition law.

“Our preliminary conclusion is that Apple abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store and distorted competition in the music streaming market,” the EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said in a statement Friday.