Apple has fired back against Spotify in an unusual press release that argues the music streaming service “wants all the benefits of a free app without being free.”
Spotify filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in Europe earlier this week, with CEO Daniel Ek arguing that App Store policies give Apple an “unfair advantage at every turn.”
As Spotify points out, that revenue share is 30 percent for the first year of an annual subscription — but they left out that it drops to 15 percent in the years after.” Ek had complained about the 30 percent “tax” that Apple levies on subscriptions made from within the app.
Apple further notes that most Spotify customers use the free version of the app and that many premium subscribers are on plans promoted by mobile carriers, neither of which makes any money for Apple. “A tiny fraction of their subscriptions fall under Apple’s revenue-sharing model,” Apple says. “Spotify is asking for that number to be zero.”
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