Spotify says Apple One will affect third-party developers
The platform relives differences of 2019 with Apple around its App Store
Apple One launches various packages including Apple Music, Apple TV + or Apple Arcade
On Tuesday the topic that dominated the conversation in several countries of the world was the #AppleEvent, Well, although there was no iPhone 12, Apple Watch and iPad they managed to impact. Although, maybe the star product of the Cupertino should be Apple One.
Its subscription service, which includes various combinations for users and products, has already generated a response from rival firms in some of the markets it attacks. One of them is Spotify.
Complaint for anti-competitiveness
The streaming sound content platform attacked Apple, accusing it of anti-competitive behavior.
In accordance with Spotify, the Apple One service launches packages that only favor the Cupertino company’s own services, to the detriment of third-party or external developers.
In this regard, the firm of Swedish origin maintained that the American technology company is using its « Dominant position and unfair practices », for which he asked the competition authorities to intervene.
“Once again, Apple is using its dominant position and unfair practices to disadvantage its competitors and deprive consumers by favoring its own services. We call on the competition authorities to act urgently to curb Apple’s anti-competitive behavior, which if left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, learn, create and connect. » says Spotify’s statement, quoted by ..
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Relive old differences
Certainly the complaint of the streaming sound content platform has a solid argument. Apple includes its own services in its packages, without neglecting the powerful marketing muscle it has to promote it. But, you are within your right to do so, although regulatory authorities in both the United States and Europe will surely review the technology’s new service.
That said, the proposal is not new and already exists on the market, Amazon Prime and Walmart + are just some cases. In addition to this, from . they remember something true: Spotify also benefits from packages in alliances with other companies such as with Hulu, Samsung and even with mobile phone companies in various countries.
But somehow Spotify sees the launch of Apple One as a threat, so it relives old differences with Apple regarding the conditions (from its point of view) disadvantageous for external developers.
Last year Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission for the existing commission conditions in the App Store, for which the European authorities opened an investigation against the one in Cupertino. In addition to this, the streaming platform is one of the firms (Facebook, Microsoft, Match Group, etc.) that expressed their support for Epic Games, due to the legal battle it undertook against the owner of the iPhone for eliminating Fortnite from your app store.