Spotify escalates Apple dispute with formal EU antitrust complaint

14 March 2019 10:58am
Spotify has complained against Apple to EU antitrust officials, accusing it of restricting competition on its iPhones in favor of its own streaming service, Apple Music.

The Swedish streaming platform says Apple has abused its “complete control” over the iOS mobile operating system and its App Store to impose unlawful conditions on rivals. It wants to ensure that all users of the App Store — including Apple Music — are “subject to the same set of rules and restrictions.”

“After trying unsuccessfully to resolve the issues directly with Apple, we’re now requesting that the EU take action to ensure fair competition,” Daniel Ek, the co-founder and CEO of Spotify, said in a statement.

By Natalie McNelis.