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The EU is investigating Apple's planned purchase of Shazam

1 month ago   |   By GSMArena

Last December Apple announced its intention to buy Shazam, the well known music recognition service. It would complement Apple Music nicely in the company's portfolio, but the deal has just hit a wrinkle.
The EU has launched an extensive antitrust probe into the proposed takeover, which has a deadline of September 4. Until then, the EU will investigate whether Apple could use Shazam's data to lure people to its own music streaming service and turn them away from competitors.
It's alleged that Apple could get unfair access to commercially sensitive information about users of rival music...
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Apple deal for Shazam delayed by EU competition investigation

Apple deal for Shazam delayed by EU competition investigation

1 month ago   |   By Telegraph


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The Apple + Shazam deal is now under investigation - CNET

The Apple + Shazam deal is now under investigation - CNET

1 month ago   |   By CNET

EU regulators worry Apple might use Shazam to stifle competition.
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Apple's deal to buy Shazam is under European investigation

Apple's deal to buy Shazam is under European investigation

1 month ago   |   By SlashGear

Apple's acquisition of Shazam has caught the attention of the European Commission, and not in a good way, with an in-depth investigation being opened over whether it harmfully impacts user choice. The proposed deal had been announced back in December last year, though without confirmation of just how much it would cost the Cupertino firm. However, Shazam had been valued...
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Apple's acquisition of Shazam under EU investigation for antitrust concerns

1 month ago   |   By Pocketnow

Regulators have questions about whether Apple will block user referrals to competing music services like Spotify and Google Play and whether it will have an unfair competitive advantage with the access to existing referral data.
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Apple's Shazam deal faces European probe

1 month ago   |   By BBC

Seven countries asked the European Commission to review the purchase of the music identification app.
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EU launches anti-trust investigation into Apple's purchase of Shazam

1 month ago   |   By Engadget

Late last year, Apple announced that it would be acquiring Shazam. Due to the size of the deal, Apple didn't have to get clearance from the European Commission itself, as it would have had to do if the proposed acquisition had been larger. But i...
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EU probes Apple plan to buy music app Shazam

1 month ago   |   By Phys.org

The EU on Monday launched an in-depth probe of tech giant Apple's plan to buy leading song-recognition app Shazam because of fears the deal may reduce choice for consumers.
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The EU launches investigation into Apple/Shazam deal

1 month ago   |   By TechCrunch

The European Union has been eyeing Apple's plans to buy Shazam f or a while now. Back in February, it noted that the deal raised some preliminary competitive concerns. Today, the EU announced that it's all in, launching an “in-depth” investigation into the deal.
In a press release issued earlier today, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager notes, “The way people listen to music has changed significantly in recent years, with more and more Europeans using music streaming services. Our investigation aims to ensure that music fans will continue to enjoy attractive music streaming offers and won't...
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Apple under 'in-depth' EU investigation over Shazam acquisition

1 month ago   |   By ZDnet

The European Commission is concerned that Shazam would give Apple access to commercially sensitive data about the customers of its competitors in the European Economic Area.
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Apple's purchase of Shazam is now under investigation by the EU

Apple's purchase of Shazam is now under investigation by the EU

1 month ago   |   By The Verge

The EU has launched an investigation into Apple's acquisition of music identification service Shazam. It's concerned that the deal could shrink consumer options for mobile music streaming services within the EEA .
In February, multiple countries, including Austria, France, Iceland, and Spain, requested that the European Commission assess the acquisition to determine whether it's allowed under a European Union merger law. The deal, according to the commission, “may have a significant adverse effect on competition in the European Economic Area.” That request is now being acted on, with an...
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Apple's acquisition of Shazam is at risk due to a new antitrust investigation

Apple's acquisition of Shazam is at risk due to a new antitrust investigation

1 month ago   |   By TheBoyGeniusReport

Apple's acquisition of music recognition service Shazam, a deal reportedly worth $400 million , could be at risk after EU antitrust regulators announced Monday that they've opened a probe into the deal. Regulators are worried that Apple will use the service to push consumers to its own streaming service, hurting competition and unfairly advantaging its own service.
In a statement, EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the investigation hopes to “ensure that music fans will continue to enjoy attractive music streaming offers and won't face less choice as a result of this...
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EU opens competition probe into Apple's bid for music app Shazam

1 month ago   |   By Reuters

BRUSSELS - EU antitrust regulators opened an investigation on Monday into Apple's bid for British music discovery app Shazam, concerned the deal might give the iPhone maker an unfair advantage in poaching users from its rivals.
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EU investigators to investigate Apple's bid for Shazam

1 month ago   |   By Reuters

BRUSSELS - EU antitrust regulators opened on Monday an investigation into iPhone maker Apple's bid for British music discovery app Shazam, concerned that the deal may hurt competition.
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EU Puts the Brakes On Apple's Shazam Acquisition

1 month ago   |   By Phone Scoop

The European Commission is holding up Apple's planned acquisition of Shazam. "The Commission is concerned that the merger could reduce choice for users of music streaming services," said the Commission in a statement. Shazam is used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide to query song identities. It is available to Android and iOS devices alike. The $400 million deal was first made public in December. The European Commission is going to investigate the transaction to see if it might create unfair competition. Apple didn't immediately comment on the Commission's decision.
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