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EU to press charges against Apple over ‘unfair’ App Store rules

The European Commission is set to formally accuse Apple of distorting competition in music streaming by preventing rival services on its App Store from informing users of other, often cheaper, ways of purchasing their services.

Under current rules, apps that provide paid digital content on the App Store must use the company’s own in-app payment system, leading to charges of 30% on subscription fees. As a result some Apple rivals have either disabled their in-app payment option on the App Store, hiked prices or passed costs to their customers. Regulators believe that Apple practices may lead to consumer harm by preventing them from accessing greater choice and lower prices.


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