Apple’s App Store, Apple Pay targeted by EU antitrust regulators

On Tuesday, Apple found itself the target of two EU antitrust investigations into its App Store and Apple Pay.

Apple EU antitrust.Image: Apple App Store on Apple devices
Apple’s App Store

The European Commission said one investigation would look into the mandatory use of Apple’s proprietary in-app purchase system and rules preventing app developers from informing iPhone and iPad users of other payment options.

The second case focuses on Apple’s terms and conditions regarding how Apple Pay should be used in merchants’ apps and websites, and also that Apple Pay is the only mobile payment service allowed to use the “tap and go” functionality on iPhones.


Apple was critical of the EU investigations.

“It’s disappointing the European Commission is advancing baseless complaints from a handful of companies who simply want a free ride, and don’t want to play by the same rules as everyone else,” the iPhone maker said in a statement.

“We don’t think that’s right — we want to maintain a level playing field where anyone with determination and a great idea can succeed.”

MacDailyNews Take: No, third-parties cannot have access to the NFC chip. It’s a security issue. Duh. And, no, Spotify cannot have a free ride Apple’s App Store.

“This boils down to the fact that Spotify wants to use the platform that Apple built and maintains at great expense for free.” – MacDailyNews, March 13, 2019

Spotify is a money-losing enterprise that cannot compete and has already been eclipsed by Apple Music in the world’s No.1 market for recorded music, the United States of America. Seeing the writing on the wall, Spotify has run whining to the EU like a little baby crying for mommy.

BTW: You’d have to be stupid to subscribe to Spotify when it has millions fewer tracks than Apple Music for the same price. Don’t be stupid. If you’re still subscribing to Spotify, it’s past time for you to cancel it and upgrade to Apple Music. (See also: How to move your Spotify playlists to Apple Music.)

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. “Spotify cannot have a free ride Apple’s App Store.”
    I totally agree. I would prefer it were available in another store.

    “and don’t want to play by the same rules as everyone else”
    I also, on my machine, my property, don’t want to play under anyone’s rules, other than the law.

    1. Then by all means divest yourself of the Apple gear – which you knew worked the way it does before you bought it – and go get yourself a machine that you can set up fully according to your rules.

      And then leave the rest of us alone.

        1. The law doesn’t agree with you. If it did Apple would have been forced to follow all your idiotic rules long ago. Tiny concessions and changes Apple has made don’t count so don’t even try citing those. Your view of what Apple should be forced to do will never come to pass.

            1. Since when did a government body in Europe looking into an issue it doesn’t understand amount to the law? The law is on Apple’s side. I guess understanding the law is fundamental. Or for you just mental.

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