The European Union’s executive board has determined that Apple has violated antitrust laws by abusing its dominant position in the distribution of music stripping applications through its App Store.
The EU Commission said in a statement on the 30th local time that it has made such preliminary conclusions regarding app store regulations for music streaming providers.
It also added that Apple has distorted competition in the music streaming market.
The EU Commission pointed out as a major concern that Apple would allow music streaming providers to sell digital content only through the Apple in-app payment system, and charge a 30% fee for purchases made through it.
It is interpreted that Apple’s regulations will eventually pass costs to consumers, limiting purchase choices.
In response, Apple countered that it was “a claim against fair competition.”
If the EU Commission orders a change to final conclusions on the matter or imposes a fine of 10% of global annual sales, Apple faces a fine bomb of $27 billion and KRW 30 trillion in our money.
The EU Commission’s investigation was followed in 2019 by a complaint from music streaming company Spotify.