Apple's deal for Shazam draws 'in-depth investigation' from Europe

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Apple's agreement to buy Shazam is the subject of an "in-depth investigation" by the European Commission. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced the probe on Monday, writing: "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 face less choice as a result of this proposed merger."

Apple agreed to buy UK-based music recognition app Shazam in December, a rare acquisition for the secretive iPhone maker. Shazam's data is the primary area of concern for European consumers, European regulators said on Monday.

"Access to such data could allow Apple to directly target its competitors' customers and encourage them to switch to Apple Music. As a result, competing music streaming services could be put at a competitive disadvantage," regulators said. The European Commission has a September deadline for the investigation.

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