“Spotify” is a digital music, podcast, and video streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs and other content from artists all over the world.
As reported by media, on 13-03-2019, Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission.
The crux of the issue is that Spotify has alleged Apple to be creating an unfair ecosystem by deliberately disadvantaging other app developers. Daniel Ek, Founder, and CEO of Spotify in his blogpost stated that Apple requires Spotify and other digital services to pay 30% tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading Spotify’s Free to Premium service. He further states that if they choose not to use Apple’s payment system, and forgo the charge, then Apple applies a number of “technical and experience-limiting restrictions on Spotify.”
Spotify alleges that Apple uses its ownership over iOS and the App Store to impose an ‘Apple tax’ that stifles competition.
[Source: The Verge]
Image Credits: ITPRO