Apple's entry into this market has raised concerns of streaming music companies such as Spotify
In a letter to Apple, Spotify challenges the rejection of the latest version of its mobile application App Store. The American giant of consumer electronics says Spotify should be treated like any other application developer, observing antitrust law.
#Apple responded Friday to charges of Spotify, which accuses of impeding competition in the online #Music market (streaming) in rejecting a new version developed by the Swedish service for its iPhone application. The two companies have been competing in this market since the launch of Apple Music in more than 100 countries last year.
An unfair advantage?
Apple's entry into this market has raised concerns of streaming music companies such as Spotify. They estimate that, taking 30% of subscriptions to online music services they offer via App Store, the Cupertino company is gaining an unfair advantage. Horacio Gutierrez, legal director of the Swedish group, has renewed the complaint in a letter to Apple, whose Recode site specializing in the technology sector. Spotify is contesting the rejection of the latest version of its mobile application App Store.
But Bruce Sewell, his counterpart at Apple, countered that the compensation imposed by the US firm was justified since the App Store allows the linking of online music services and consumers. In his letter to Horacio Gutierrez, he adds that Spotify is treated like any other application developer, observing antitrust law. Spotify considers that the rejection of its application raises "serious concerns" in light of the legislation on free competition in the US and Europe and that this decision is detrimental.
Spotify with 100 Million Users
Created in Stockholm 10 years ago, Spotify displays nearly 100 million users in 60 countries, including about 30 million paying subscribers. The company offers both free listening to users and subscription services for listening to songs without advertising.