European Union to launch inquiry into Apple over Spotify's complaint, report says

06 Mai, 2019, 20:21 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Spotify app on an iPhone.                  Oscar Gutiérrez  CNET

A few weeks ago, music streaming service Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission, claiming that Apple's App Store rules give Apple an "unfair advantage at every turn".

Apple and Spotify both declined to comment to the FT.

Apple fired back with a blog post of its own, claiming that "Spotify wants all the benefits of a free app without being free", saying it uses "misleading rhetoric" and accusing Spotify of short-changing the artists whose music it distributes.

That leaves providers either charging extra for App Store-based subscriptions (as Spotify does now) or eating a large portion of their costs, the report added.

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Apple also went ahead and rejected notions that it was privileging Apple Music on a software level, going so far as to say it was talking to Spotify about AirPlay and Siri integrations.

However, there is no certainty that an investigation would eventually lead to Spotify's victory.

Like most services, Apple obligates Spotify to pay a 30 percent cut in order to use in-app purchases when signing up new subscribers.

While Spotify has a total of 217 million monthly active users worldwide, Apple Music only has 50 million users from around the globe.

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