European Commission Opens In-Depth Investigation Into Apple's Proposed Acquisition of Shazam

European Commission Opens In-Depth Investigation Into Apple's Proposed Acquisition of Shazam

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The European Commission has announced that it is opening an in-depth investigation into Apple's proposed acquisition of Shazam.

At this stage, the Commission is concerned that, following the takeover of Shazam, Apple would obtain access to commercially sensitive data about customers of its competitors for the provision of music streaming services in the EEA. Access to such data could allow Apple to directly target its competitors' customers and encourage them to switch to Apple Music. As a result, competing music streaming services could be put at a competitive disadvantage. In addition, while at this stage the Commission does not consider Shazam as a key entry point for music streaming services, it will also further investigate whether Apple Music's competitors would be harmed if Apple, after the transaction, were to discontinue referrals from the Shazam app to them.

The Commission now has 90 working days, until 4 September 2018, to take a decision.

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European Commission Opens In-Depth Investigation Into Apple's Proposed Acquisition of ShazamEuropean Commission Opens In-Depth Investigation Into Apple's Proposed Acquisition of ShazamEuropean Commission Opens In-Depth Investigation Into Apple's Proposed Acquisition of Shazam

European Commission Opens In-Depth Investigation Into Apple's Proposed Acquisition of ShazamEuropean Commission Opens In-Depth Investigation Into Apple's Proposed Acquisition of Shazam

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