Spotify criticises new Apple services bundle on antitrust grounds

Spotify criticises new Apple services bundle on antitrust grounds

A trader is reflected in a computer screen displaying the Spotify brand before the company begins s
A trader is reflected in a computer screen displaying the Spotify brand before the company begins selling as a direct listing on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

NEW YORK: Streaming music firm Spotify on Tuesday (Sep 15) criticised rival Apple, saying that a new subscription bundle offer from the iPhone maker abuses its dominant market position by favoring its own Apple Music service.

Spotify said the Apple One bundle announced Tuesday disadvantages streaming music rivals. Spotify and Apple charge US$10 a month for their streaming music service, but the Apple One package bundles it with other services such as television or video games that start at US$15 per month.

"We call on competition authorities to act urgently to restrict Apple's anti-competitive behaviour, which if left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, learn, create, and connect," the music streaming company said.

In a statement, Apple said the bundle was aimed at existing users of its services and that "customers can discover and enjoy alternatives to every one of Apple’s services".

Source: Reuters

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