EU charges Apple in landmark App Store competition case

The EU formally accused Apple on Friday of unfairly squeezing out music streaming rivals through its App Store in one of the biggest-ever competition cases to hit the iPhone maker.

The charge sheet lands as Apple faces a rebellion from firms that want to break free of the global Apple App Store’s strict terms and fees, with authorities in the US, Russia, Britain and South Korea also circling on the world’s biggest company.

“By setting strict rules on the App Store that disadvantage competing music streaming services, Apple deprives users of cheaper music streaming choices and distorts competition,” EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.