German company Simfy has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with Germany’s competition authority, The Bundeskartellamt.
Simfy, a music streaming service similar to Spotify, is currently only available in the German, Swiss and Austrian markets.
Simfy claims Apple is purposely holding back the approval of their iPad app as they prepare to announce their own iCloud service. Apple has confirmed the announcement of their iCloud service today at the 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference, but has not yet revealed what the service will provide or how it will work.
Ciaran O’Leary, a Simfy investor, claims they have been notified that the app has reached the highest level of approval but has since stalled, and Apple has not responded to communication, including letters from their lawyers.
Apple’s decision to create a “closed” market for applications on their iOS devices drew some ire at its announcement, and at times their criteria for approving or rejecting apps has appeared to be whimsical.
In this case, they have seemingly prevented a competitor (albeit a small-scale one) from entering a comparable product into the market before the announcement of their own. Simfy already has an iPhone app out (as does Spotify), but getting their iPad app to market first would be a significant coup for the German startup.
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