Music streaming service Spotify and other media companies including Deezer urged the European Commission to take action over Apple’s anti-competitive and unfair practices in a joint industry letter on Wednesday.
The letter, addressed to Margrethe Vestager, executive vice president of the EU’s antitrust watchdog, asks the European Commission to act swiftly for the welfare of European consumers.
Spotify has accused Apple for years of abusing its market position and using its App Store rules to stifle competition.
It had previously filed antitrust complaints against Apple in several countries, saying Apple forced Spotify to “artificially inflate” its own prices by requiring developers to pay a 30% fee on its App Store.
“We write to you calling on the European Commission to take swift and decisive action against the anti-competitive and unfair practices of certain global digital gatekeepers, notably Apple,” the letter, signed by the CEO of media company Schibsted, Proton wrote in the letter. and base camp.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has previously said the iPhone maker “gives itself every advantage while stifling innovation and hurting consumers.”
Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Last month, Eck again attacked Apple in a series of tweets, saying the iPhone maker was “stifling innovation and hurting consumers while giving itself every advantage.” He tagged a number of sympathetic business leaders in his 21 tweets, including Musk, Microsoft President Brad Smith and Proton founder Andy Yan.
“So, how soon will we be free from this threat to the future of the internet? How many more consumers will be denied choices? There’s been a lot of talk. Talk is helpful, but we need action,” Eck tweeted wrote.
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