Rocket Internet and Spotify complain to EU over alleged by Apple abuse of power and Google

about the alleged abuse of power by Apple and Google about their app stores have now rocket adversely affected Internet, Spotify, as well as other companies in the EU. You accuse the major providers in their letter to the EU to exploit its “privileged position” and to hamper free competition.

as financial times reported writing is however deliberately vague. Apple and Google are not directly called. Remember that especially these two providers are meant, there is but little doubt. The Coalition criticize that some mobile operating systems, app stores and search engines now more as a “Gatekeeper” and not as “Gateways” Act.

 Spotify (image: Spotify)

competing bids from companies like Spotify would prevent by Google and Apple, in which they take advantage of the monopoly-like position. The representatives of the other companies now request “special framework conditions, which regulate the interaction between the platforms and their business users”.

the two companies Google and Apple control over 90 percent of the market for mobile operating systems . Both companies give therefore rules for third-party, that want to offer products or services that rely on these platforms. Providers that do not follow these guidelines, are excluded from the market.

the letter to the EU now guarantees new arguments in the debate, which way to turn the EU Commission in the digital market, and also, whether the antitrust authority in the digital economy to exert more control, or whether you allow the large companies in the Silicon Valley. A new policy is planned in the course of the year, which should provide the policy direction here in the future.

as options be considered under other sector-specific regulation or independent arbitration, which should settle such disputes between large U.S. companies and usually significantly smaller competitors.

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tension between Spotify and Apple in advance. So, the music-streaming provider Spotify Apple accuses not to have included the latest version of your own app in the app store. But even Apple’s pricing model that offers Apple developers for paid platforms, seems to interfere with Spotify. Apple reserves since mid 2016 now 15 percent of sales. Previously, Apple had demanded 30 percent of developers.

statements from Apple and Google are not currently yet. Still, it is also unclear whether the antitrust authority of the EU in this matter started taking.

it would be the first time that the Commission investigated the bundling of the operating system with other services or also the influence of the market through their own search engines Google . Apple was the accusation that hinder foreign music services ever by the EU freely spoken . In March, the Turkish competition authority had initiated proceedings against Google because of the abuse of market position Android with the mobile operating system .

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