Spotify Hits Apple With Antitrust Complaint in Europe Over App Store

Spotify files antitrust complaint to Brussels against Apple

But if it shuns Apple's payment system, Spotify alleges that Apple blocks app upgrades or stops it from working with Apple services like Siri assistant.

After a decade of worsening relations with Apple, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify took the extraordinary step today of filing a formal antitrust complaint with the European Commission, "after trying unsuccessfully to resolve the issues directly with Apple", according to CEO Daniel Ek.

Apple's power as a platform hasn't yet triggered antitrust concerns in Europe, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told reporters in Austin, Texas, on March 10, before Spotify's complaint became public. When Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched its music service in the European Union, they were able to be both the platform holder as well as a competitor to Spotify.

Meanwhile, other developers have also complained about Apple's constantly evolving App Store guidelines, which feels shifting goalposts that the company changes on a whim, often to suit its own interests while claiming to do so on behalf of its users. This made its service more expensive than Apple Music, and Spotify isn't happy about it.

On a new Web site called Time to Play Fair, Spotify offers a timeline of its interactions with Apple, documenting how Apple's self-serving behavior with the App Store puts Spotify at a disadvantage against Apple Music.

Elk said Spotify can choose not to use Apple's payment system, avoiding the 30% fee, but that would limit functions on the app like mass emails to users. "They continue to give themselves an unfair advantage at every turn", Ek said.


The reasons why include Apple's "app tax", the 30 percent cut that Apple takes when developers sell their wares in the company's App Store. While Spotify is available for free via Apple, upgrading to its Premium tier service can now only be done via the internet.

Spotify argues that its complaint to regulators is not about seeking "special treatment" in its global music battle against Apple but the same treatment as numerous other apps such as Uber and Deliveroo, which are not subject to the 30% app store charge.

"This is not about Spotify picking a fight with Apple, but we feel like we had no other choice", he Gutierrez added.

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

Second, consumers should have a real choice of payment systems, and not be "locked in" or forced to use systems with discriminatory tariffs such as Apple's.

We've reached out to both companies and will update if we hear back.

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