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Breakout: Services and developers including Epic Games, Audible, Spotify and YouTube object to the cut Apple takes and the limiting of their offerings

Breakout: Services and developers including Epic Games, Audible, Spotify and YouTube object to the cut Apple takes and the limiting of their offerings

Breakout: Services and developers including Epic Games, Audible, Spotify and YouTube object to the cut Apple takes and the limiting of their offerings

Will Apple finally be forced to give up its 30pc App Store commission? Will regulatory action against it in Europe also end its gagging rules against apps that want to mention cheaper deals outside the Store?

Two cases look likely to bring this a lot closer to reality. Epic Games (which makes the smash hit mobile game Fortnite) and Spotify have both complained about the App Store’s “anti-competitive” rules on either side of the Atlantic.

Epic is suing Apple in the US and the UK while Spotify’s complaint has sparked an EU Commission competition enquiry that looks bad for Apple – Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said last week that the company’s position is anti-competitive and untenable.


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