EU targets Apple Pay, App Store with antitrust investigations

From CNET: Within the course of a single day, Apple has found itself the subject of two new EU antitrust probes. Europe's Competition Commission announced on Tuesday that it is opening dual investigations into Apple Pay and the App Store.

The App Store investigation was triggered by a complaint from Spotify over a year ago tied to the high fees Apple charges companies when consumers make in-app purchases. The investigation will focus on the restrictions Apple places on developers to inform consumers of payment options that may be cheaper outside of the app.

"It appears that Apple obtained a 'gatekeeper' role when it comes to the distribution of apps and content to users of Apple's popular devices," said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in a statement. "We need to ensure that Apple's rules do not distort competition in markets where Apple is competing with other app developers, for example with its music streaming service Apple Music or with Apple Books."

Spotify welcomed the investigation Tuesday, calling on the commission to act urgently.

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