The European Commission’s investigation into music streaming: Why Spotify has good reasons to be impatient

Author: Damien Geradin
Published: 18.01.2023
Yesterday, a group of app developers and trade associations urged the Commission to take swift action to bring Apple’s anticompetitive conduct to an end. It is easy to sympathize with their impatience. Almost two years ago, i.e., in April 2021, the Commission sent a statement of objections to Apple on the ground that “it distorted competition in the music streaming market as it abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store.” The Commission’s concerns related to the combination of the following two rules that Apple imposes in its agreements with music streaming app…