Right now, there are two huge music streaming services: Spotify and Apple Music. However, as you would expect, there is also a fight between those services.
Yesterday, Spotify basically started a war by saying that Apple prevents Spotify updates on iOS not only to get their 30 percent cut ( which is taken from all developers ) but also to make Apple Music more popular. Spotify’s speech is given below;
This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law. It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple’s previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify … we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors.
However, today, Apple responded to Spotify and said that they are ignoring the rules that are being applied to all developers.
“We find it troubling that you are asking for exemptions to the rules we apply to all developers and are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service.”
And then, Spotify responded by saying;
“It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple’s previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify.”
Apple general counsel and VP of Legal and Global Security Bruce Sewell says;
“Our guidelines apply equally to all app developers, whether they are game developers, e-book sellers, video-streaming services or digital music distributors; and regardless of whether or not they compete against Apple. We did not alter our behavior or our rules when we introduced our own music streaming service or when Spotify became a competitor.
Ironically, it is now Spotify that wants things to be different by asking for preferential treatment from Apple.”
Even though Apple probably wants Spotify to die, Spotify just cannot ignore the AppStore rules.