Simfy withdraws complaint against Apple before the German Cartel Office

On 3 June 2011 simfy AG, a German cloud-based music streaming service provider, said in acorporatestatement that it submitted a complaint to the Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”), Germany’s antitrust authority, against Apple amid allegations that Apple delayed approval of the simfy iPad app without any stated reason in breach of EU and German competition laws.

Simfy alleged that Apple was exploiting its dominant position in the digital application market and blocking applications from its App Store marketplace to benefit its own strategy, namely, its iTunes Match service, which allows users to access their own private music collections remotely via PCs and Apple devices by placing copies on Apple servers.

However, Apple has now, after some delay, cleared simfy’s iPad app. As a result, the complaint appears to have been withdrawn. [Gabriele Accardo]