Spotify hit out at Apple for the second time by calling Apple a monopolist. The CEO of Spotify earlier accused Apple of putting competitors at a disadvantage. He particularly pointed out Apple’s store policy which includes a 30% tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system. Apple rejected Spotify’s claim by calling it a ‘misleading rhetoric’ and said that “Spotify wants all the benefits of a free app without being free.”
The exchange of words continues as Spotify has gone all out for the second time with a new statement that says, “Every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong…” You can read Spotify’s full response below.
“Every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong and will argue that they have the best interests of competitors and consumers at heart. In that way, Apple’s response to our complaint before the European Commission is not new and is entirely in line with our expectations.
We filed our complaint because Apple’s actions hurt competition and consumers, and are in clear violation of the law. This is evident in Apple’s belief that Spotify’s users on iOS are Apple customers and not Spotify customers, which goes to the very heart of the issue with Apple. We respect the process the European Commission must now undertake to conduct its review.”