Apple claims that Spotify complaints preferential treatment will enforce

Jul

2

2016

Apple has responded to the complaint about abuse of Spotify. The company from Cupertino claims that the accusations are an attempt by Spotify to enforce a uitzondeingspositie. The music streaming service would not be required to use Apple’s payment system.

According BuzzFeed Apple its position on Spotify clearly made ​​by sending a letter, but this is also not disclosed. In the letter, the company responds to an earlier complaint which has been sent to the address of Apple. According Spotify makes Apple a clear abuse of its dominant position by requiring applications for in-app payments using the iTunes payment system. Spotify support had previously been removed from its app after Apple refused service from the App Store.

By complaining about the policy Spotify tries to enforce preferential treatment, as is Apple’s opinion. “We find it problematic that you ask for an exception to the rules that apply to all developers involved, and disseminate public body rumors and half-truths about our services”, as Apple said in the letter to Spotify. The company thereby also denies that violates the antitrust laws.

Spotify and Apple are already longer at loggerheads. Because Apple charges for in-appbetalingen to 30 percent of the purchase price as commission, Spotify must ask a higher price for subscriptions that are concluded within the iOS app. For subscriptions that are closed via the Spotify website is subject to the normal price. Apple would the committee gain an unfair advantage with its own music streaming service, so the complaint. There was the European Commission, however, no evidence of last year.

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