Spotify responds to Apple, calling it a ‘monopolist’

The war of words tit-for-tat between Spotify and Apple continued today, and the first called it "monopolist" and its response to the demand was "totally in line with our expectations", according to Variety

The statement is the latest in a public dispute between the two companies. On Wednesday, Spotify filed a complaint with the European Union alleging that Apple uses unfair practices in the App Store. Specifically, Spotify is upset with the 30 percent that Apple charges developers for subscriptions, and says it is designed to give Apple Music an unfair advantage in the market. Essentially, to match Apple's price with its 30 percent cut, it can not match the price of Apple Music, and is at the mercy of Apple's technical constraints. He also launched a website called Time to Play Fair, where he described his complaints against Apple.

Apple rejected Spotify's assertions yesterday, saying that Spotify "wants all the benefits of a free application without being free," conveniently omitted that Apple's 30 percent cut be reduced to 15 percent after one year , and that only one The "small fraction" of subscribers is registered through the application store.

In its latest statement, as seen by Variety Spotify said that "all monopolists will suggest that they have done nothing wrong and will argue that they have the best interests of competitors and consumers at heart", and We continue to reiterate that Apple's policies hurt consumers. "This is evident in Apple's belief that Spotify users on iOS are Apple customers and not Spotify customers, which goes to the heart of the problem with Apple."

On Wednesday, the European Commission confirmed to The Wall Street Magazine that it had received the Spotify complaint and that it was working to determine its next steps.

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