Congress asks Spotify for information on Apple’s antitrust behavior

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United States Capitol by Jens Junge
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Spotify is reportedly helping the feds with their antitrust investigation into Apple’s App Store.

U.S. lawmakers asked Spotify to submit information related to an ongoing antitrust investigation into whether Apple engages in anticompetitive behavior. As one of Apple’s biggest critics, Spotify already helped with probes in Europe. However, this is the first news we’ve had of the company assisting investigators in the United States.

Last month, leaders of the House Judiciary Committee requested access to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s archive of emails. Dozens of executives from Facebook, Google and Amazon also received similar requests. An official investigation solely into Apple hasn’t been announced, but it sounds like the committee is homing in on some targets.

According to sources that spoke to Reuters, the House Judiciary Committee reached out to Spotify with broad requests for information. Then, the lawmakers requested further information in a follow-up call. The details of what Spotify shared remain unknown.

Spotify came out as one of the most vocal critics against the App Store’s 30% commission on sales. Apple countered that argument, saying Spotify only pays a commission on a tiny fraction of its subscriptions.