EU consumer group joins Apple antitrust case over music streaming

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EU consumer group joins Apple antitrust case over music streaming

“We anticipate working together with the Commission to make sure that Europe’s customers have access to a complete selection of music streaming solutions with no options being unnaturally restricted or costs being chased.”

The Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (BEUC) has joined the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into Apple seeing music streaming to the App Store within an interested party, the team has declared now.

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In a media release, the team said:

BEUC has only joined the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into Apple with its App Store principles to authenticate competition for audio streaming services from the EU’s Single Market.

The European Commission filed formal charges against Apple in April, claiming the firm had violated EU antitrust legislation by the EU:

The European Commission has advised Apple of its preliminary opinion that it twisted competition in the audio streaming marketplace because it abused its dominant place for the supply of music streaming programs via its App Store. The Commission takes issue with all the compulsory usage of Apple’s very own in-app buy mechanism levied on audio streaming program developers to distribute their programs via Apple’s App Store. The Commission is also worried that Apple applies specific limitations on program developers preventing them by telling iPhone and iPad consumers of alternative, more affordable buying chances.

The BEUC claims it will contribute consumer opinions from EU members and be formally acknowledged as an interested third party. Director-General Monique Goyens stated, “We anticipate working together with the Commission to make sure that Europe’s customers have access to a complete assortment of music streaming solutions with no choices being restricted or costs being chased.”

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