In April we posted a report titled "European Regulators Sticking their Nose into Apple's Streaming Music Business before it even gets off the Ground." It was reported at that time that several music labels had been sent questionnaires requesting information about agreements between the labels and Apple ahead of the planned summer launch of the company's own music streaming service. The commission's probe prompted finger-pointing within the music industry about the source of the complaint, with some suspecting one of the companies that currently offer free streaming services. With Spotify being the most vocal against Apple recently, most suspect it was them. Today, we learn that the EU has found there to be no evidence of illegal activity in Apple's Music streaming deals.
Re/code reported late yesterday that "The European Commission failed to find evidence of collusion among the major music labels and Apple to quash free music streaming services such as those offered by Spotify, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter.
Investigators examined whether the labels conspired with one another or with Apple on Apple's new streaming music service in a way that would hurt rivals. The probe failed to turn up any illegal activity, though the EU will continue to monitor the market, sources said.
The EU Commission isn't finished with Apple Just Yet
Separately, the EU has asked Spotify and other music streaming services for information pertaining to Apple's mobile App Store, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Regulators are seeking information on the restrictions Apple places on apps offered through the store. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission similarly is exploring whether Apple's treatment of rival streaming music apps in the App Store violate antitrust laws.
We covered this matter in detail back in early July in a report titled "Spotify Complained and now the FTC is Considering an Investigation into Apple Music."