By Foo Yun Chee
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators are set to charge iPhone maker Apple this week with blocking rivals on its App Store following a complaint by music streaming service Spotify, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Reuters was the first to report about the imminent EU antitrust charge in March.
Sweden’s Spotify took its grievance to the European Commission in 2019, saying Apple unfairly restricts rivals to its own music steaming service Apple Music.
The EU competition enforcer, which has four Apple investigations including the Spotify complaint, declined to comment.
Apple referred to its March 2019 blog following the Spotify complaint, which said its App Store helped its rival to benefit from hundreds of millions of app downloads to become Europe’s largest music streaming service.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)