Spotify files antitrust complaint over ‘Apple tax’

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Spotify announced this morning that it’s filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission (EC), alleging that the iPhone maker is harming consumer choice and stifling innovation via the rules it enforces on the App Store.

As Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek outlined in a blog post, the company is particularly annoyed about the 30 percent cut Apple takes from subscription purchases on the App Store. This “tax,” says Ek, seems designed to harm streaming services that compete with Apple’s own.