Spotify files European Union complaint against Apple's 'anticompetitive' App Store rules

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek

The music-streaming service filed an European Union antitrust complaint on Monday night alleging that the maker has behaved unlawfully and abused its dominance in its App Store to favour the company's own rival Apple Music service.

One hurdle flagged by KeyBanc is Apple blocking efforts by companies to link to alternate payment methods that do not incur the 30% tax.

All Spotify wants, says its founder, is to be treated the same as apps that don't pay the 30% tax such as Uber or Deliveroo.

He said that if Spotify chooses not to use Apple's payment system, to avoid paying the commission, the company applies "a series of technical and experience-limiting restrictions" on consumers running its streaming service on the rival tech company's devices. That is the 30% of monthly subscription fees that Apple takes on subscriptions made through its payment system. But this is the first time someone has publicly filed a complaint over it to the European Commission.

Breitbart News will keep readers updated on this issue as the story develops. "After trying unsuccessfully to resolve the issues directly with Apple, we're now requesting that the EC take action to ensure fair competition". Spotify no longer allows users to subscribe directly through iOS - and Apple's policies prevent the company from telling users how to subscribe through other portals.

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"In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience - essentially acting as both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers", Ek wrote. "Over time, this has included locking Spotify and other competitors out of Apple services such as Siri, HomePod, and Apple Watch", Ek said.

Spotify's general council, Horacio Gutierrez, said separately that Google, unlike Apple, did not require Spotify to use its own payments system but "we are allowed to offer users a choice of payment systems".

We aren't seeking special treatment. He reckons the Apple-licensed "App Store" should remain objectively unbiased with the market place should remain inconquerable.

"We should all be subject to the same fair set of rules and restrictions-including Apple Music", he said. It's not something we ever have-or will-shy away from.

The primary issues here are the 30 percent cut that Apple takes from nearly every transaction that goes through its system, and the alleged preferential treatment that Apple gives to its first-party streaming option (and direct competitor to Spotify), Apple Music. We want the same fair rules for companies young and old, large and small.

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