The combat to be topped king of streaming continues as Spotify and Apple Music duke it out March 13. The most up-to-date improvement comes after Spotify founder Daniel Ek and his staff filed a criticism towards Apple alleging “unfair benefits” with regard to Apple’s App Store. After “cautious consideration” and what looks as if earlier efforts to resolve the battle with Apple, the Spotify staff proceeded ahead with the European Commission.
Spotify’s criticism facilities across the concern of Apple’s App Store insurance policies and logistics that will require Spotify to pay a supplementary tax and subsequently inflate the membership worth above that of Apple Music.
“Apple requires that Spotify and different digital companies pay a 30 p.c tax on purchases made by Apple’s cost system, together with upgrading from our free to our premium service,” Ek mentioned. “If we pay this tax, it will pressure us to artificially inflate the worth of our premium membership effectively above the worth of Apple Music. And to maintain our worth aggressive for our clients, that isn’t one thing we will do.”
The Spotify founder additionally identified discrepancies the place apps like Uber weren’t affected by Apple’s tax insurance policies, noting that “app shops shouldn’t be allowed to manage the communications between companies and customers, together with putting unfair restrictions on advertising and promotions that profit shoppers.”
Ek made it clear that this isn’t a “Spotify-versus-Apple concern,” however relatively a difficulty about “competitors on the deserves.”