"Spotify would not be the business they are today without the App Store ecosystem, but now they are using their scale to not help maintain this ecosystem for the next generation of app entrepreneurs," Apple said Thursday , "We think that's wrong."
The feud is Apple, a gadget giant whose App Store is essential for the growth of mobile services, against the largest subscription music service in the world and one of the most popular iOS apps. The result of your competitor could change what you can buy – and how easy it is to buy from Apple competitors – on Apple devices and iOS apps.
Spotify filed an antitrust complaint with European regulators earlier this week, claiming that some Apple practices, such as charging a 30 percent fee for subscribers' in-app purchases, are abusing the market power of the App Store. Spotify claimed that Apple has used the power of the App Store to suppress apps that compete with its other companies, such as Apple Music subscriptions that compete with Spotify.
On Friday, Spotify responded by claiming that Apple violated "its clear violation of the law" with its app store practices.
"Any monopolist will suggest that he has done nothing wrong and will argue that he has the best interests of competitors and consumers in his heart," a spokesman said. "This way, Apple's response to our complaint to the European Commission is not new and fully in line with our expectations.
He added that Apple's statements suggest that" Spotify's users on iOS are Apple customers and not Spotify's. " Customers are. goes to the heart of the problem with Apple. "
Apple Bites Back
" We feel obliged to respond when Spotify detains its financial motivations in misleading rhetoric about who we are, what we've built and what we do, "Apple said in late Thursday
Apple, California, headquartered in Cupertino, denied that it had rejected Spotify app updates and changed the rules required by developers to strangle Spotify competitively.
We "approved and distributed almost 200 App updates on behalf of Spotify, which resulted in over 300 million copies of the Spotify app being downloaded." Apple wrote, "The only time we've requested changes is That Spotify has been trying to circumvent the Sam rules that every other app follows. "
She has also misinformed many of Spotify's allegations and her rhetoric HNET. Apple said Spotify's complaints about the 30 percent fee were "ruled out" that it only applies to the first year of a subscription and drops to 15 percent every year thereafter. After Spotify stated that it had dropped out of services or devices such as Siri, HomePod and Apple Watch, Apple suggested that the ball was actually in Spotify's court. For the Siri Digital Assistant and the HomePod Smart Speaker, Apple said it would help to add support when Spotify requests it.
Apple found that a large number of Spotify's customers use the free, ad-supported version of the app, or have subscribed to premium plans from mobile operators, none of which brings anything to Apple.
"Even now, only a tiny fraction of their subscriptions fall under Apple's revenue model," Apple wrote. "Spotify demands that this number is zero."
Apple and Spotify are two of the dominant forces in listening to music. With 96 million paying customers, Spotifyby members. Apple Music is the next competitor with over 50 million subscribers.
Originally published on March 15, 3:11 pm PT.
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