Back in March Spotify complained to the EU regulators about Apple’s app store and they said that the app store was anti competitive.
Now it would appear that the complaint will be investigated by the European Commission, although this has not been official confirmed by the EU regulators as yet.
Here is what Spotify has to say abouyt apple and their complaint when they announced it back in March.
Apple operates a platform that, for over a billion people around the world, is the gateway to the internet. Apple is both the owner of the iOS platform and the App Store—and a competitor to services like Spotify. In theory, this is fine. But in Apple’s case, they continue to give themselves an unfair advantage at every turn.
To illustrate what I mean, let me share a few examples. Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30% tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from our Free to our Premium service. If we pay this tax, it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our 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.
It will be interesting to see what conclusion the EU regulators come to and whether they will decide against Apple.