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Amazon and Apple end audioboekendeal after German complaint

Amazon and Apple end audioboekendeal after German complaint

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Amazon, owner of the audioboekenwinkel Audible, brings an end to an agreement with Apple, which ensures that the companies are exclusive with each other do business.

That the European Commission has announced on Thursday. The Commission says are pleased with the step, which should provide for more competition in the market for audio books.

As a result of a German complaint examined in Brussels the agreements between Audible and Apple. Audible has a own shop for audiobooks, but it sells them to Apple, which they then via iTunes brings to the man.

A German uitgeversvereniging had more trouble with that Audible, the sole supplier of audiobooks to Apple and Audible, in turn, promised to no other muziekplatformen of books. Both agreements now comes to an end.

Also the German federal cartel office, the concurrentiewaakhond of the country, welcomed that step. “The exclusiviteitsovereenkomst had an influence on the sales opportunities for audioboekuitgevers, because besides the Audible few alternative buyers are available,” says president Andreas Mundt. He expects that the change to lower prices for consumers will result.

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