Apple fined 1.8 billion euros EU for music streaming restrictions: violation of antitrust rules

Apple fined 1.8 billion euros EU for music streaming restrictions: violation of antitrust rules

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But the EU hopes the fine will force Apple to stop limiting access to rival streaming services – even more so because it will be obliged to do so under a new law called the Digital Markets Act, which it has until March 7 to comply with. will be.

Google owner Alphabet, Amazon, TikTok's parent company ByteDance, Meta and Microsoft will also have to comply.

The DMA gives the Commission the power to fine companies up to 10 percent of global revenue for any violation or 20 percent for repeat violators.

Apple rejected Spotify's claims and pointed to the streaming giant's market dominance in the online music sector.

Spotify has more than 600 million monthly users, a third of them paying subscribers, according to the company's latest figures published last month.

The company says Apple Music, a music streaming service, represents eight percent of the European market, while Spotify's share is more than 50 percent.

Apple also says Spotify hasn't paid them anything other than a $99 developer program fee — although the iPhone maker claims it has played a key role in the company's success.

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