EU clears Apple’s purchase of Shazam

“The European Union approved Apple’s planned acquisition of British music discovery app Shazam on Thursday, saying an EU antitrust investigation showed it would not harm competition in the bloc,” Reuters reports.

“‘After thoroughly analyzing Shazam’s user and music data, we found that their acquisition by Apple would not reduce competition in the digital music streaming market,’ EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement,” Reuters reports. “The European Commission opened a full-scale investigation into the deal in April, emblematic of its recent worries that companies may buy a data-rich rival to mine it for information or drive others out of the market.”

Reuters reports, “Reuters last month reported sources saying that Apple was set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for the deal following the probe requested by seven European countries including France, Italy, Spain and Sweden.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Gotta love it when a bunch of clueless politicians headed by a ditz are allowed to run roughshod through your company’s data and trade secrets. God only know who in the EU has seen what of Shazam’s data. Apple should get a discount price on the acquisition.

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  1. The EU is actually checking for anti-trust situations rather than allowing a free for all, or leaving it to the companies to police themselves – which many large companies clearly do not.

    In this particular case, the EU investigated and were satisfied that no anti-trust regulations would be broken. They approved the deal.

    I disagree with the tone of MDN’s take. It’s much better that the EU is independently investigating and trying to head off potential problems.

    1. What’s to stop some government pencil-pusher from stealing Shazam’s trade secrets, now that they’ve pored through them during their “investigation,” and selling them to competitors or using them to start a competitor?

      1. alanaudio,

        Bear in mind that you are dealing with Americans who apparently cannot recognize the irony in,

        “Gotta love it when a bunch of clueless politicians headed by a ditz are allowed to run roughshod…”

  2. Being British I personally detest the EU and can’t wait until March of next year when we finally leave this corrupt and unelected organisation.

    We voted out and out we should be. 🇬🇧

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