Apple faces antitrust complaint over iCloud

Apple is facing an antitrust case after German cloud-based music service Simfy filed a complaint that the former company is deliberately holding back its iPad application to protect the launch of iCloud.

Simfy has submitted a complaint to Germany’s antitrust authority on the grounds that Apple has delayed the approval of its iPad app without giving any reason for doing so.

The German music portal, that works in a similar way to Spotify, claims the approval process for the iPad app admission has been underway for more than three months, which it says is an abuse of Apple’s market leading position.

Apple unveiled iCloud this week.

Simfy CEO Gerrit Schumann says: “We have always considered Apple an important partner, but it is unacceptable for Apple to be able to control the market in this way.

“Of course, we ourselves are true fans of Apple and its products. That is why it was so disappointing and incomprehensible to us that we have apparently been blocked intentionally for months now.”

Apple did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.

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