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Apple appeals huge EU fine for music streaming restrictions

AFP |  Brussels, Belgium 

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Apple is challenging a 1.8 billion-euro ($1.9-billion) fine by the European Union for thwarting access to information about cheaper music streaming services, an EU court said yesterday.

The iPhone maker filed an appeal with the EU’s General Court in Luxembourg on May 16, the court told AFP.

The European Commission, the EU’s powerful competition regulator, hit Apple with the fine in March in a long-running saga dating back to a 2020 investigation launched after a complaint by Swedish streaming giant Spotify. It was the first ever antitrust fine against Apple by Brussels.

The commission said Apple prevented app developers from informing iOS operating system users about cheaper music subscription services available outside the App Store.

Apple had said at the time it would appeal against the penalty. The fine is not the only legal tussle between the commission and Apple.

The two have butted heads in the EU courts over a 13-billion-euro order on Apple to pay Ireland in back taxes.

The case is currently at the bloc’s highest court where the commission is appealing against a 2020 decision that annulled the order for Apple to repay the money.