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After a years-long investigation, the European Commission levied a fine on Apple of €1.8 billion — about $1.95 billion — for “abusing its dominant position on the market for the distribution of music streaming apps” to iPhone and iPad users.

The EU on Monday said its investigation into Apple, which was prompted by a complaint by Spotify, found that Apple applied restrictions on app developers preventing them from informing iOS users about alternative and cheaper music subscription services available outside of the app, which is illegal under EU antitrust rules.

In a statement, Apple claimed that Europe’s digital music market was “thriving” and that the European Commission failed to “uncover any credible evidence of consumer harm.” Apple said it will appeal the EU decision.

“In 2015, Spotify started working with the European Commission on an investigation with little grounding in reality. They claimed the digital music market had stalled, and that Apple was holding competitors back. Unfortunately for their case, Spotify continued to grow — and thanks in part to the App Store, eclipsed every other digital music business in the world,” the tech giant said in part.

Apple claimed Spotify has a 56% share of Europe’s music streaming market — more than double its closest competitor — and “pays Apple nothing for the services that have helped make them one of the most recognizable brands in the world.”

“A large part of their success is due to the App Store, along with all the tools and technology that Spotify uses to build, update, and share their app with Apple users around the world. We’re proud to play a key role supporting Spotify’s success — as we have for developers of all sizes, from the App Store’s earliest days,” Apple said in the statement.

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