Apple fined €1.8bn for breaking EU streaming rules

The European Commission has fined Apple €1.8bn (£1.5bn) for not notifying iPhone and iPad users of cheaper music streaming options.

The tech giant was found to have prevented app developers from informing iOS users about subscription services available outside of the app, in contravention of EU antitrust rules.

As a result, users may have paid “significantly higher prices for music streaming subscriptions”.

“For a decade, Apple abused its dominant position in the market for the distribution of music streaming apps through the App Store,” said competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

“They did so by restricting developers from informing consumers about alternative, cheaper music services available outside of the Apple ecosystem. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules.”

In addition to the significant fine, Apple was ordered to remove the restrictions.

However, Apple said there was no evidence that consumers had been harmed.

The company intends to appeal the decision.