Spotify Just Accused Apple of Anti-Competitive Behavior
Spotify accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior after the subscription bundle Apple One was announced, according to Business Insider.
Apple One was announced yesterday during Apple's annual product release. The subscription bundle includes Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, and Apple Arcade for $15 a month.
"Once again, Apple is using its dominant position and unfair practices to disadvantage competitors and deprive consumers by favoring its own services," Spotify said in a statement. "We call on competition authorities to act urgently to restrict Apple's anti-competitive behavior, which if left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, learn, create, and connect."
"Customers can discover and enjoy alternatives to every one of Apple's services," Apple said, responding to the accusation. "We're introducing Apple One because it is a great value for customers and a simple way to access the full range of Apple's subscription services."
Apple continued: "we'll be recommending the Apple One plan that saves you the most money based on the subscriptions you already have. It's perfect for anyone who loves any of our services and wants to get more for less, and it's especially great for families. Also select services included in Apple One are available to enjoy on non-Apple devices, and you can cancel anytime."
Spotify has accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior before. In March 2019, it filed a complaint with the EU stating that the App Store combined with Apple Music gave Apple an unfair advantage. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek accused Apple of being "both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers."