It is understood that these information requests do not necessarily mean that the European Commission will launch a formal antitrust investigation, but that it is merely the first step of an enquiry, which are typically triggered by a formal complaint.
If the commission concludes there is wrongdoing it is has the power to enforce changes to business practices and can impose hefty fines, says the FT.
As previously reported, Apple is anticipated to forgo the "freemium" model when it launches its own streaming service later this year, as per Beats Music launch in early 2014.
Apple's Streaming Service Will Likely Be Premium-Only (Like Beats Music Was)
According to the FT, the European Commission has also approached a number of Apple’s music-streaming rivals amid concerns that the tech giant’s size and influence will be used to persuade labels to abandon free, ad-supported streaming, which services like Spotify depend on to grow subscriptions.
Spokespersons for Apple and the European Commission could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.