Last Wednesday, a complaint lodged by Spotify with the European Commission became official. The complaint accused Apple of unfair practices on its App Store. Cupertino’s company responded strongly to this on Friday. Now, this particular war that has begun between the two companies has taken on new momentum with a new statement from Spotify in which they do not retract their accusations.
Spotify’s complaint to the European government is based primarily on the 30% commission Apple takes on purchases made through its iTunes or App Store platform. The company does not consider these commissions to be tendered and believes that this is a monopolistic action on the part of the firm led by Tim Cook.
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Apple wanted to respond forcefully to these accusations and, among other arguments, based on the fact that the 30% commission was not too much for Spotify. The reason Apple relies on this defense is that the streaming music platform already generates revenue from its subscriptions . Therefore since Cupertino the complaint was not logical.
However, Spotify has decided to take another look at Apple’s response. In a statement to Variety, they reaffirm their view of Apple’s monopoly.
“All the monopolists will suggest that they have done nothing wrong and will argue that they have the best interests of competitors and consumers in mind.
We filed our complaint because Apple’s actions harm competition and consumers, and are in clear violation of the law. This is evident from 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.
For the time being Apple has not wished to make a further statement on this in this second release from Spotify. We also don’t know if they will proceed to do so in the next few days. In any case, it seems that the apple company is satisfied with its first response and will not change its position on this issue that will bring a tail.
And whose side are you on? Do you think Spotify’s accusations are fair? Leave your impressions in the comments.