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Swedish Music Streaming Giant Spotify Files Complaint Against Apple’s App Store Rules

According to Spotify, if it pays this tax, it would force it to artificially inflate the price of its premium membership well above the price of Apple Music

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Spotify Music still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May.
Spotify Music still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May. Pixabay

Swedish music streaming giant Spotify said it has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Union (EU) alleging that the tech giant is harming consumer choice and stifling innovation via the rules it enforces on its iOS App Store.

“It’s why, after careful consideration, Spotify has filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission (EC), the regulatory body responsible for keeping competition fair and non-discriminatory.

“In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience — essentially acting as both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers,” Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

Cupertino-based Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30 per cent tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from a free to premium subscription.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

According to Spotify, if it pays this tax, it would force it to artificially inflate the price of its premium membership well above the price of Apple Music.

“And to keep our price competitive for our customers, that isn’t something we can do,” added Ek.

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The music streaming services giant has also started a press campaign, including a website dedicated to the iPhone maker’s unfair behaviour and a YouTube video explaining the company’s grievances.

Earlier this week, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who recently launched her 2020 presidential bid, said she was in favour of passing laws that prevent large e-commerce platforms with global annual revenue of $25 billion or more, from owning both the platform and any sellers on it. (IANS)

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Spotify Announces its Premium Family Plan in India

In addition, it also comes with simple bill feature where one monthly bill sent to the master account holder, for the entire family

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The Spotify Premium trial service, which was earlier available for 30 days, lets users skip any track, listen offline, hear high-quality music and use the app on their mobile device as a computer remote control. Pixabay

Spotify on Tuesday announced the availability of its Premium Family plan in India at Rs 179 per month, giving users more ways to share audio content.

The plan gives family members living under one roof more choices to customise music streaming and podcasts, with ad-free, on-demand music listening experience, the company said in a statement.

“Family time and recreation are a core part of our culture and we want users to discover new music and podcasts through their family, without compromising on their personal taste and app experience,” said Amarjit Batra, Managing Director – India, Spotify.

Spotify Music still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May.
Spotify Music still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May. Pixabay

Under the new plan users will have access to 450,000 podcast titles and 50 million tracks/songs.

With Spotify Premium Family plan, listeners will also get individual accounts, where with up to six accounts per family, everyone gets to play their own music and podcasts.

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In addition, it also comes with simple bill feature where one monthly bill sent to the master account holder, for the entire family. (IANS)