On Friday morning, Spotify and Apple exchanged bribes during their battle around the App Store.
The dispute centers around Spotify's long-standing complaint that Apple charges excessive fees, regularly blocks Spotify upgrades, and promotes its own streaming service in its App Store; Early Wednesday, Spotify filed a lawsuit against the competition with the European Commission about this and CEO, Daniel Ek, launched an article in a blog.
In the early hours of Friday, Apple reacted by writing a well-written blog post that said the streamer had concealed his "financial motives in misleading speech about who we are, what we built and what we do to support independent developers, musicians, songwriters and creators of all trends ", although it has not substantially responded to the claims of Spotify or even mentioned the European Commission.
Apple also made a wider call to Spotify's unified call (with Amazon, Google and SiriusXM / Pandora) last week against the US Copyright Royalty Board's decision to raise tariffs for songwriters "At the same time, they distribute the music you love while producing – more modest contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters who create it – even going so far as to bring those creators to justice. "
In a response to Apple's response, a Spotify representative told the press Friday morning: "All the monopolists will say that they have done nothing wrong and that they care about the best interests of their competitors. and consumers. Thus, Apple's response to our complaint to the European Commission is not new and fully meets our expectations.
"We filed our complaint because Apple's actions harm competition and consumers and are a flagrant violation of the law. This is evident in Apple's belief that Spotify users on iOS are Apple customers and not Spotify customers, which is at the heart of the problem with Apple. We respect the process that the European Commission must now undertake to conduct its review, "and asked readers to refer to their website for more details.
This war of words seems likely to continue in the coming weeks.
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