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Apple and Spotify Feud Over App “Violations”

What do you do when you’re one of the world’s most profitable tech companies with more cash on hand than the US government? Well, if you’re Apple, you squabble over arbitrary subscription fees while your competitor cries wolf for being called out for not following the rules.

Currently, Apple and Spotify are up in arms over comments made by Spotify after their app update was blocked from the Apple App Store. Spotify’s lawyer, Horacio Gutierrez, accused Apple of “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” in an open letter. Spotify accuses Apple, who also owns their own music streaming service, of treating them unfairly.

Apple’s lawyer Bruce Sewell responded with their own letter, BuzzFeed reports:

We find it troubling that you are asking for exemptions to the rules we apply to all developers and are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service.

Sewell cites that Spotify is in violation of Apple’s App Store “business model”, specifically how Spotify works around in-app purchases. You can read the entire letter here.

As it stands, users can only sign up for their premium service on Spotify’s website. This is unlike most subscription based apps in the Apple store (Apple Music included) that use in-app purchasing. Apple tacks on a hefty 30% fee on top to use this in-app purchase system.

Spotify’s feature in question is a pop-up that warns users that certain features are only available as outlined by Spotify employee Jonathan Prince:

Keep in mind, Apple is currently in talks to purchase Jay-Z’s problematic streaming service TIDAL. Do you think this is an effort to control the music streaming industry? What’s your go-to music streaming site? Tell us below!

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