The European Commission on Friday demanded that Apple stop anti-competitive practices in its App Store application. It also threatens that failure to react may result in penalties of up to 10%. global company turnover.
The EC accused the iPhone manufacturer on Friday of forcing developers who sell products through the App Store to use its in-app payment system and preventing them from informing users about other software purchase options.
A complaint about these actions was filed by Spotify, a Swedish streaming service offering access to music.
“Apple's rules distort competition in the music streaming market, increasing the cost of competing streaming app developers. This in turn leads to higher prices for consumers for their in-app music subscriptions on iOS devices, ”the European Commission emphasized in a press release.
The EC has stated that it does not agree with the mandatory use of Apple's own purchasing mechanism imposed on developers of music streaming applications for their distribution via the App Store.
The commission is also concerned that Apple is imposing certain restrictions on app developers by preventing them from informing iPhone and iPad users about alternative, cheaper purchasing options.
For app developers, the App Store is the only way to access consumers using Apple mobile devices running on the iOS mobile operating system. Apple's devices and software form a "closed ecosystem" in which the company controls every aspect of the use of iPhones and iPads.
The Apple App Store is part of this ecosystem and the only app store from which iPhone and iPad users can download applications for their mobile devices.
From Brussels, Łukasz Osiński (PAP)