Spotify takes antitrust complaint against Apple
Founder and CEO of Spotify Daniel Ek announced today in his blog that Spotify filed a complaint against Apple to the European Commission. According to him, when it comes to Apple Music and App Store, the company gives itself undue advantage, in violation of the Antimonopoly legislation of the EU. Apple does this through the Apple tax — it is 30% of monthly subscriptions are processed through its payment system.
For tax purposes Spotify needs to put a price on the premium subscription
the App Store is higher than Apple Music. Now both the music service have
same price — $ 9.99 per month for a single user. However, when
pay the subscription through Apple (in-app payment), Spotify will charge for three
of dollar more.
Spotify requires the same treatment as application
who do not pay tax at 30%, such as Uber and Deliveroo. All applications
must be able to compete fairly, and Apple Music don’t have to
benefits, because Apple owns the App Store. And all users of the App Store
should have a choice between payment systems and should not be tied to
the use of the Apple platform.
If ultimately it is determined that Apple violated
antitrust rules, it could be fined and she will be forced
to make some changes in App Store policies.
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