Mar 15, 2019

Apple responds to Spotify complaints over App store

Apple has replied to claims by Spotify that App store policies gave it an "Unfair advantage". Apple took the unusual step of replying via a public statement clarifying how the App store worked and the fees it charged. In a blog Daniel Ek, co-founder of the music-streaming service, said it had decided to file its anti-trust complaint because Apple had changed App store policies to "Purposely limit choice and stifle innovation". The fees Apple charged for making purchases via the App store were, in effect, a "Tax", said Mr Ek. He added that Spotify would have to raise the price of a premium membership for its streaming service if it paid these fees. Apple said Spotify wanted all the benefits bestowed by its presence in the App store without sharing some of the money it made from that exposure.

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