the Spotify issued a statement this Wednesday (18) with a request to European Commission Stronger action against An apple and yours rate of 30%. Apple even blocked NFT transfers from Coinbase’s wallet because they didn’t factor in the fees charged by the company.
This clash of brands is not new, as the music streaming service has already accused the Cupertino giant of anti-competitive behavior for favoring its own music app. After all, he doesn’t have to pay the same fee, and the treatment the company deemed unfair.
In this case, Spotify joins seven other companies in publishing the joint letter making the request. The others are: Deezer, Basecamp, Proton, Schibsted, News Media Europe and European Publishers Council And Francil Digital. You can see an excerpt from the letter below:
For years, Apple has unfairly restricted our business. These restrictions hinder our development and harm European consumers. This includes linking the App Store to Apple’s proprietary payment system, with excess commissions for app developers; creating artificial obstacles that prevent our business from communicating freely with our customers; restrictions on developers’ access to their users’ data; and strange changes in terms and conditions. Apple benefits from a monopoly position on its mobile ecosystem and extracts exorbitant rents from app developers who have no choice but to remain in the App Store to reach European consumers.
Spotify has also defended the Digital Markets Act, which it understands should be applied against Apple. According to the music streaming company, talk in favor of security is misleading and only serves to protect its earnings from the App Store.
So far, Apple has not yet commented on the case.