The European Commission will ask Apple to file for competition approval for its acquisition of Shazam. The Commission said it considers the transaction may adversely affect competition in the EU, according Telecompaper. Apple's proposed acquisition of Shazam does not meet the minimum turnover required for competition clearance by the EC. Apple applied for regulatory clearance in Austria, where the transaction meets the national merger notification threshold.
Austria then submitted a referral request to the Commission, asking the Commission to examine the acquisition. Subsequently Iceland, Italy, France, Norway, Spain and Sweden joined the request. EU member states can refer the process to the EC if they think it may impact competition in the EU single market or within a member state.