Apple could face an EU antitrust charge sheet in the coming weeks after a complaint by rival Spotify that it unfairly pushed its own music streaming service, two people familiar with the matter said.
Spotify will nearly double its market presence by launching in 85 new markets in the next few days, making the music streaming service available to more than a billion people around the world.
Apple has seemingly made a key concession in the battle over the smartphone giant’s market power and treatment of developers. “Seemingly” is the key word here.
Apple on Wednesday said it plans to start a programme to lower its App Store commissions for software developers who make $1-million or less in proceeds each year from the store.
The SABC has issued a request for information from streaming-media platform experts as it gears up to launch its own so-called “over-the-top” digital streaming service akin to Netflix and Showmax.
Apple has acquired a start-up that makes listening to podcasts more like tuning into radio stations, seeking to improve its service amid growing competition from Spotify.
A group of Apple’s critics, including Spotify and Epic Games, have joined a non-profit group that plans to advocate for legal and regulatory action to challenge the iPhone maker’s App Store practices.
Spotify Technology has criticised rival Apple, saying that a new subscription bundle offer from the iPhone maker abuses its dominant market position by favouring its own Apple Music service.
Fortnite creator Epic Games found support from its legions of gamers for suing Apple and Google after the tech giants dropped the popular videogame from their app stores for violating payment guidelines.