Apple will face additional antitrust charges in the coming weeks in connection with an investigation launched following a Spotify complaint. This was reported by Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter.
Last year, the European Commission accused the iPhone manufacturer of violating competition rules in the music streaming market. The regulator was not satisfied with restrictive rules in the App Store, which force developers to use only Apple’s payment system in apps and prevent them from informing users about other purchase options. These requirements have also come under scrutiny in other countries, including the U.S. and the U.K.
An additional charge is usually brought when the EU competition commissioner gathers new evidence or modifies certain elements to strengthen its position.
Under new EU rules passed last month called the Digital Markets Act (DMA), Apple’s described practices are illegal. However, Apple and the other tech giants that will be subject to the rules still have time, as DMA violations will begin to be penalized in 2024.