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European Music Streaming Firms Rally Against Apple’s Proposed Remedies

 |  May 9, 2024

A consortium representing major audio streaming platforms such as Spotify and Deezer in Europe has vehemently opposed Apple’s recent proposal aimed at addressing antitrust concerns raised by the European Commission in a music streaming case.

The group, known as Digital Music Europe, has formally urged the European Commission to dismiss Apple’s proposition, asserting that it fails to offer substantive and effective solutions. According to a report by Reuters, the organization expressed apprehension in a letter submitted on Tuesday, highlighting concerns that Apple’s proposed measures could perpetuate discriminatory practices within the industry.

At the heart of the issue is Apple’s alleged imposition of a preferential program for music streaming services, which the group claims compels competitors to participate in a new framework controlled by Apple. The letter emphasized the need for impartiality and fair competition in the digital music landscape.

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This development comes in the wake of the European Union’s imposition of a staggering 1.84 billion euros ($1.98 billion) fine on Apple in March for purportedly impeding competition from music streaming rivals through restrictive practices on its App Store.

In response to the regulatory scrutiny, Apple unveiled measures aimed at facilitating a more transparent environment for music streaming apps operating within the European Economic Area. As reported by Reuters, the tech giant proposed allowing streaming services to incorporate links to their respective websites, enabling users to explore alternative payment options outside the confines of the App Store. However, Apple intends to levy a substantial 27% commission fee on transactions facilitated through these external links.

Additionally, Apple stated that developers would have the option to disseminate information regarding alternative purchase methods via email to users.

Source: Reuters