Spotify has announced that it has filed a complaint with the European Commission against Apple, the company is alleging that Apple’s App Store is anti competitive.
The news was announced by the company’s founder and CEO Daniel Ek you can see what he had to say about the complaint against Apple below.
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.
The company is basically saying that Apple has an unfair advantage with their Apple Music as they are charging rivals a 30% royalty fee on any subscriptions.