Apple Inc. won European Union antitrust approval to buy music-identification service Shazam.
On Thursday, the European regulators came out with their decision that the iPhone maker’s deal with Shazam would not kill competition in the digital music streaming market. The decision comes after an investigation into what extent Apple could milk Shazam’s data to garner users for its own streaming services.
Of late, several tech giants have been in the crosshairs of EU regulators over data protection and competition among other issues. In July, the European Commission slapped a record €4.34 billion ($5 billion) fine on Alphabet's Google for allegedly misusing the dominant market position of its Android smartphone operating system. Last year, Europe’s antitrust enforcer fined Facebook Inc. for failing to disclose that the firm would merge its own data with that of messaging app WhatsApp.