Spotify Declares War Against Apple: Asks European Union To Take Action Against Apple's Unfair Market Practices


Sheetal Bhalerao

Sheetal Bhalerao

Jan 20, 2023


 In answer to anticompetitive and unfair practices, Music streaming service Spotify Technology, along with other media firms such as Deezer, urged the European Commission to take action against Apple Inc in a joint industry letter on Wednesday.

Spotify Declares War Against Apple: Asks European Union To Take Action Against Apple's Unfair Market Practices

Asking Welfare Of European Consumers 

Moving ahead, the letter was addressed to the European Union antitrust regulator’s Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager. 

The letter, which was signed by chief executives of media firms Schibsted, Proton and Basecamp, demanded the Commission to act fast for the welfare of European consumers.

For a long time, Spotify has accused Apple of abusing its market position using its App Store rules to stifle competition.

The music streaming service has submitted antitrust complaints against Apple in various countries previously.

The firm has alleged that the 30% charge Apple requires developers to pay on its App Store has forced Spotify to “artificially inflate” its own prices.

Further, the letter read, “We are writing to you to call for swift and decisive action by the European Commission against anticompetitive and unfair practices by certain global digital gatekeepers, and Apple in particular,”.

Prior to this, Spotify’s Chief Executive Daniel Ek had said the iPhone maker “gives itself every advantage while at the same time stifling innovation and hurting consumers”.

At the time of writing of this article, Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.


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