simfy Submits Complaint against Apple to European Antitrust Authorities

Monday, 06. June 2011

The music portal simfy alleges that Apple is exploiting its dominant market position and blocking applications from its App Store marketplace to the benefit of its own strategy.

Cologne, Germany; June 6, 2011. On June 3, 2011, simfy AG officially submitted a complaint to the Bundeskartellamt, Germany's antitrust authority, against technology company Apple with EU antitrust authorities to follow. The grounds are the delayed approval of the simfy iPad app. Without any stated reason, the approval process for the app's admission to the App Store has been underway for more than three months. simfy considers this improper use of Apple's market position.

According to Gerrit Schumann, CEO of simfy AG, "We have always considered Apple an important partner, but it is unacceptable for Apple to be able to control the market in this way. The App Store is a key marketplace we use to reach our customers. In the meanwhile, simfy users are rightfully complaining about the lack of this app for the iPad. 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."

simfy encourages customers and other app providers with similar problems to publicly support the complaint to create transparency and fair market conditions for all suppliers.

"Naturally, we are irritated that simfy fans have to wait so long for the iPad app. At the same time, we recognize this as confirmation of our strategy and product development. The simfy app for iPad appears to have made quite an impression on Apple. The aim of our complaint to the anti-trust authorities is to ensure release of our app very soon so that everyone can see its quality for themselves," says Gerrit Schumann.

 

simfy at a glance
By visiting simfy.de, music fans can access over 8 million streamed songs, listen to music, create playlists, and actively network with other fans via social networking sites. Mobile applications also allow users to comfortably listen to music on their smartphones. The site is financed through advertising and a flat rate for music.

 

simfy press contact:

Marcus von Husen

Tel.: +49-221-788787-0

Fax: +49-221-788787-79

E-Mail: undefinedpress(at)simfy.com

www.simfy.de

 



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