Apple says Spotify wants benefits of a free app without being free

Apple says Spotify wants benefits of a free app without being free

FILE PHOTO: Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in
FILE PHOTO: Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York on Aug 1, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)

REUTERS: Apple on Thursday (Mar 14) responded to Spotify's complaint with EU antitrust regulators, saying the audio streaming service "wants all the benefits of a free app without being free".

Spotify said on Wednesday that Apple unfairly limits rivals to its own music streaming service.

Apple's control of its App Store deprived consumers of choice and rival providers of audio streaming services to the benefit of Apple Music, which began in 2015, Spotify added.

In response, Apple said it had approved and distributed nearly 200 app updates on Spotify's behalf, resulting in over 300 million downloaded copies of the Spotify app.

The Spotify logo hangs on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange with U.S. and a Swiss flag as t
The Spotify logo hangs on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. (Photo: Reuters)

"The only time we have requested adjustments is when Spotify has tried to sidestep the same rules that every other app follows," Apple said in a statement. 

"Spotify is free to build apps for - and compete on - our products and platforms, and we hope they do," it added.

The Swedish company has launched a website, outlining different ways in which Apple uses its power to make its platform an "uneven playing field."

In its reply, Apple has rebutted most of the points made by Spotify on its website Time to Play Fair.

The company had also said Apple's voice recognition system Siri would not let iPhone users play music from Spotify and that Apple had declined to let Spotify launch an app on its smartwatch.

The Cupertino, California-based company responded by saying that when it reached out to Spotify about Siri and AirPlay 2 support on several occasions, the Swedish company had said that they were working on it.

Spotify was not immediately available to comment on Apple's response.

Source: Reuters/ic

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