European Union Fines Apple $1.8 Billion

The European Union has fined Apple in it’s first anti-trust lawsuit against the tech giant for favoring it’s own streaming service over rivals.

According to the European Commission, Apple stopped app developers from “fully informing iOS users about alternative and cheaper music subscription services outside of the app.” This led to users paying “significantly higher prices for music streaming subscriptions.”

The $1.8 billion fine is part of a wider crackdown by European Union officials on several major corporations, including Google and Meta. Apple is still under investigation in the EU for other potential breaches.

The decision follows a 5-year-long investigation into a complaint levied against Apple by the Swedish-based streaming service Spotify.