(Reuters) – Streaming music company Spotify Technology SA SPOT.N on Tuesday criticized rival Apple Inc. AAPL.OA new subscription bundle offer from the iPhone manufacturer abuses its dominant position by giving preference to its own Apple Music service.
Spotify said the Apple One bundle announced streaming disadvantages from music competitors on Tuesday. Spotify and Apple charge $ 10 a month for their streaming music service, but the Apple One package bundles it with other services like television or video games, which start at $ 1
“We urge competition authorities to take urgent action to curb Apple’s anticompetitive behavior. If left unchecked, it will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, learn, create and connect “said the music streaming company.
In a statement, Apple said the bundle is aimed at existing users of its services and that “customers can discover and enjoy alternatives to all of Apple’s services”.
Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Adaptation by Arun Koyyur and Aurora Ellis