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Apple Wins EU Antitrust Approval to Take Over Shazam Service

  • European Commission ends review, finding no problems with deal
  • EU says probe focused on avoiding issues due to data involved
Inside The Offices Of Song-Identification App Maker Shazam Entertainment Ltd.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. won European Union antitrust approval to acquire music-identification service Shazam after regulators concluded that the deal wouldn’t hurt competition in the digital music streaming market.

The European Commission’s decision on Thursday follows an in-depth probe amid concerns that the iPhone maker could use Shazam’s data to lure customers to its own music service.