Apple faces antitrust action in EU

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Spotify has filed a complaint with European regulators over Apple's "unfair" app store practices, including the 30% commission that Apple pockets with every app purchase.

Ek called for apps to be able to compete on their merits, not based on who owns the App Store. He reckons the Apple-licensed "App Store" should remain objectively unbiased with the market place should remain inconquerable.

The charge makes Spotify's premium membership more expensive than Apple Music, so the company said it refuses to use the system.

According to Spotify, Apple has repeatedly made it hard for companies like Spotify to provide services to its customers.

The complaint, which was entered by the Sweden-based steaming service on Monday, says USA software giant Apple deliberately stifles competition in the online music market to the benefit of its own streaming service, Apple Music. Ek says that if the company doesn't comply with Apple's tax, it faces "a series of technical and experience-limiting restrictions", on its app. Ek added that Apple "routinely blocks our experience-enhancing upgrades", locking competitors out of Apple devices such as Siri, Apple Watch and Homepod.

Spotify made an announcement in its newsroom, revealing that the company has filed an antitrust complaint against the Cupertino tech giant with the European Commission. He continued saying, "For example, they limit our communication with our customers-including our outreach beyond the app".

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App Stores should not be allowed to control the communications between services and users.

The rivalry between Spotify and Apple has taken a legal turn. These apart, EK said Apple also limits updates that would have made for a better user experience, which again puts Spotify in poorer light compared to Apple's own music streaming service. Netflix recently stopped allowing iOS users from subscribing to their plans from within the app as they too no longer wanted to pay the Apple tax.

All Spotify wants, says its founder, is to be treated the same as apps that don't pay the 30% tax such as Uber or Deliveroo.

Ek said he is asking the European Commission to take action only after he tried unsuccessfully to resolve the matter with Apple directly.

"We should all be subject to the same fair set of rules and restrictions-including Apple Music", he said.

In addition to taking issue with those rules, Spotify alleges it has been the subject of unfair treatment. Also, that consumers should have the choice of using whichever payment system they want within the apps and that developers should not be prevented from communicating with its users when it comes to marketing and promotions.

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