Apple strikes back at Spotify

Getty Image

"Apple appears to be refusing to take Spotify's recently claims lying down, instead choosing to publish a scathing response letter to the music streaming service which recently accused Apple of anti-competitive practices in the E.U. Business Insider reports that in a recent statement, Apple harshly responded to Spotify's antitrust claims, laying out the steps that Apple had taken to help Spotify in the development of its app and how Spotify benefited from the App Store".

Spotify claims Apple imposes a discriminatory tax and rejects Spotify's submission for app enhancements simultaneously depriving users of improved app features. Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30% tax on purchases made through Apple's payment system, including upgrading from our Free to our Premium service.

It appears that Apple wants to keep its arguments focused on the store as a whole rather than directly engaging with points about its own apps.

Apple is not staying silent in response to Spotify's antitrust complaint with the European Commission.

It said that it has approved 200 app updates, and "the only time we have requested adjustments is when Spotify has tried to sidestep the same rules that every app follows". We provide the platform by which users download and update their app.

Spotify, which launched a year after the 2007 launch of the iPhone, said on Wednesday the tech giant unfairly limits rivals to its own Apple Music streaming service. As for the Apple Watch, it said the claim was "especially surprising" because the Spotify Watch app is now the number one app in the Watch Music category. No, it never blocked Spotify support from Siri or HomePod, it claims, stating it reached out to Spotify about AirPlay 2 support "on several occasions". When Spotify submitted their Apple Watch app in September 2018, we reviewed and approved it with the same process and speed with which we would any other app. We want more app businesses to thrive - including the ones that compete with some aspect of our business, because they drive us to be better.

NASA boss says first person on Mars will 'absolutely' be female
That's where the Space Launch System, or SLS, comes in. "The goal is to get back on track", Bridenstine told a Senate committee. To meet that deadline, the administrator said he has tasked the agency to look into how to accomplish the June 2020 deadline.

Apple even discloses that the majority of Spotify customers use its ad-supported plan which does not make any contribution to the App Store.

Apple Music accepted the new CRB rates, while Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and Google appealed against them. Apple also notes that, while Spotify has discussed the 30 percent cut that Apple takes, this drops to 15 percent in the second year for subscriptions. "In fact, the Spotify Watch app is now the No. 1 app in the Watch Music category".

Apple's statement begins with, "We share Spotify's love of music and their vision of sharing it with the world", before distancing itself. The company also points out that Spotify's Watch app is now the number one app in the Watch Music category.

A significant portion of Spotify's customers come through partnerships with mobile carriers. "They're leveraging their scale to avoid contributing to maintaining that ecosystem for the next generation of app entrepreneurs", Apple writes.

"We think that's wrong", it said. Today the company has shot back, basically saying that Spotify just lives to make money off others work.

Apple's approach has always been to grow the pie.

Related News:



Most liked

These 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 episodes will be movies
Game of Thrones will stream and screen in Australia exclusively on FOX SHOWCASE, Foxtel's premium On Demand drama destination. The episode on the 28th is the first one from the new set to extend beyond 60 minutes, at an hour and 22 minutes.

Huawei claims the upcoming P30 line will "rewrite photographic rules"
On the downside of things, Huawei didn't want to reveal the full hardware specs that the new P30 smartphones will have to offer. The last time this happened was in August, when Huawei used DSLR-shot photos for a Huawei Nova 3 commercial.

Three thoughts after Warriors beat Rockets narrowly in Houston
You can't really have letdowns with this team because they'll make you pay, and that's what happened". It seems like they still have the ability to get to that level based on Wednesday night's win.

Schmidt and Gatland's tense rivalry adds spice to Six Nations clash
But they'll need the Scots to do them a favour against England to defend their title. But Gatland added: "It is not about us, it is about the players for this weekend".

Arsenal to face Napoli in Europa League last eight
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is chasing a fourth Europa League title as manager after three successive wins at Sevilla . He has won 41 of his 71 matches in the competition, losing only 11; a close to 60% win percentage.

Nadal Wins in Straight Sets to Reach Indian Wells Quarters
Edmund , who won the Indian Wells second-tier Challenger event last week, struggled on serve in the opening set. Afterwards, in a clear indication of her confidence, Andreescu said: "For me, the sky's the limit".

Jazz owner Miller: 'We're not a racist community'
The fan gave an interview with Complex Sports, in which he defended himself and said there was nothing racist about what he said. The fan would be banned , and plans to sue Westbrook in retaliation. "It's truly disrespectful to the game, man".

Taylor Swift debuts pink hair at iHeartRadio Music Awards
The dark and stormy Reputation album seemed to be reflected through her past Insta feed, which was also dark and twisty. And then, of course, her shots from the iHeartRadio awards were all butterflies, hearts and sunshine.

Oakland Raiders release AJ McCarron
Nelson is certainly a deep threat, as his 17.8 yards per catch average is the best mark in all of football. McCarron served as Derek Carr's backup last season, playing in two games and throwing three passes.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill subject of police investigation in child battery case
He received three years of probation and, as part of his plea deal, agreed to attend a 52-week batterer intervention course. The conviction was dismissed in August 2018 after Hill completed his probation requirements.

J&J found liable for California woman's talc-linked cancer
Amid the scrutiny, Reuters late a year ago published a report alleging that J&J knew about asbestos in its talc for decades. That hasn't stopped people around the country from filing lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson.

Obama DOJ blocked Federal Bureau of Investigation from scrutinizing Clinton Foundation
President Trump called out Justice Department over its possible mishandling of the email investigation in a tweet Wednesday. The over 500-page report goes on to state: "We did not identify evidence of bias or improper considerations".

New Zealand mosques' attack suspect praised Trump in manifesto
A total of 41 people were killed at a mosque on Deans Avenue, Ardern said, and seven were killed at a mosque on Lynwood Avenue. The police commissioner would not confirm the shooter's name is Brenton Tarrant during the press conference .

Saudis held 3 court sessions on 'heinous' Khashoggi killing
Eleven suspects have been indicted in Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's murder and Riyadh has denied the crown prince ordered the killing.

Players Championship leaderboard 2019
His 74 included a triple-bogey at his 10th hole, the par-four first, where he took five shots to hole out from a greenside bunker. He led by one stroke from South Korean An Byeong-hun and American Brian Harman, and by two from Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy .