The European Commission's antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager (left) and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
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  • The EU's antitrust chief accused Apple of breaching competition law with its App Store rules.
  • The accusation is a preliminary finding from an investigation started last year.
  • The investigation was prompted by a complaint from Spotify.
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The EU's antitrust chief has accused Apple of breaking European antitrust law.

The European Commission, in a preliminary finding, said Apple illegally disadvantaged developers it competes with by charging commission on in-app payments, its antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said Friday.

"@AppleMusic compete with other music streaming services. But @Apple charges high commission fees on rivals in the App store & forbids them to inform of alternative subscription options. Consumers losing out," Vestager said in a tweet.

This is the result of an investigation launched by the European Commission in June 2020, which was prompted by music-streaming giant Spotify lodging an official complaint against Apple in March 2019.

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