Apple is now under European Commission’s watchlist

Microsoft has started Live streaming its Build 2019 event and you can watch it right here. While today is an interesting day as it will see Microsoft making several announcements regarding Windows 10, Azure, Office, AI, IoT and everything in between, its old rival Apple didn’t have a nice Monday.

Earlier this year, Spotify hit out at Apple saying that it put other developers at a disadvantage. And the music streaming company went to the Europian Commission(EC) to resolve the matter. As reported by Financial Times, EC has agreed to investigate Spotify’s claim made against Apple. The investigation will commence in the coming week.

A few months back, in an open letter, the Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said, “In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience – essentially acting as both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers.”

He further went on explaining,  “As an alternative, if we choose not to use Apple’s payment system, forgoing the charge, Apple then applies a series of technical and experience-limiting restrictions on Spotify.”

“For example, they limit our communication with our customers-including our outreach beyond the app. In some cases, we aren’t even allowed to send emails to our customers who use Apple.”

On the other side, Apple rejected all the claims made against it by calling Spotify’s claim ‘misleading rhetoric.’

Nevertheless, now that Europian Commission has agreed to come into the play, everything should be clear after the commencement of the investigation. Although it would be difficult to predict the outcome, if allegations made against Apple comes out to be true, the company will undoubtedly pay the price.

Via: Techradar