Earlier this week we heard that Spotify had complained to the European Commission about Apple’s app store, the company is claiming that Apple has an unfair advantage with its Apple Music service.
Apple charges companies who use the app store a 30 percent commission and Spotify has this is unfair, Apple has now responded.
What Spotify is demanding is something very different. After using the App Store for years to dramatically grow their business, Spotify seeks to keep all the benefits of the App Store ecosystem — including the substantial revenue that they draw from the App Store’s customers — without making any contributions to that marketplace. At the same time, they distribute the music you love while making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters who create it — even going so far as to take these creators to court.
Spotify has every right to determine their own business model, but we feel an obligation to respond when Spotify wraps its financial motivations in misleading rhetoric about who we are, what we’ve built and what we do to support independent developers, musicians, songwriters and creators of all stripes.
You can seen the full statement from Apple over at their website at the link below, as yet there is no response from the European regulators.