Apple Responds to Spotify's EU Antitrust Lawsuit for Unfair Practices

Apple Responds to Spotify's EU Antitrust Lawsuit for Unfair Practices

This includes upgrading to Spotify Premium.

In its complaint to European Union regulators, Spotify said Apple blocks access to its app and upgrades its releases, including on the tech giant's Apple Watch (the music app for the device was released in November 2018). Spotify launched the following video as part of a press campaign to bring awareness to the injustices it claims Apple is perpetrating. The company said that 84% of apps ultimately pay nothing to Apple before listing the ways apps can make money without having Apple take a cut.

"That's not discrimination, as Spotify claims; it's by design", said Apple.

Apple hit back saying the App store let innovation thrive because all developers know that "everyone is playing by the same set of rules". It added that Apple had often stymied it on app updates and locked it out of Apple services, "such as Siri, HomePod and Apple Watch".


Spotify also accused Apple of imposing technical limitations that do not exist for Apple's own streaming music service, and limiting its communication with customers, such as advertising three months of premium service for $0.99. In the end, Spotify said that it wants all third-party apps to be following the same rules, asking why things like Uber rides aren't subject to the "Apple tax" but Spotify subscriptions are.

Whether or not it should apply its fees to everyone regardless of their source of revenue is a topic that's up for debate. This was by far the most left field comment in the whole post as it did not pertain to the issue at hand and just felt like Apple lashing out.

Apple's control of its App Store deprived consumers of choice and rival providers of audio streaming services to the benefit of Apple Music, which began in 2015, Spotify added. Since Apple doesn't have to pay any fees to itself, Spotify believes it has an unfair competitive advantage. This enforced shopping via the App-stores, under the unilateral conditions of Apple and Google, deeply affects how we want to offer our news to our subscribers via apps. "We respect the process the European Commission must now undertake to conduct its review", and asked readers to refer to their website for details. Please visit www.TimetoPlayFair.com for the facts of our case.

For this, Apple chooses a few points to address.


Apple then started talking about how Spotify is using their platform, using their development tools and their payment system while still wanting to keep 100% of the revenue. "And it's not just the App Store that they're trying to squeeze - it's also artists, musicians and songwriters".

Both services allow you to download tracks, playlists and albums to listen to without an internet connection, though if you're an iTunes user you can access songs from your iTunes library alongside streamed tracks on Apple Music.

"Either they run the platform or they play in the store", Warren told The Verge.

In the past, I've argued that the benefits of Apple's approach to the App Store outweigh the downsides.


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