Congress Reportedly Asks Spotify for Information on Apple's Alleged Anticompetitive Behavior

The U.S. Congress has requested information from Spotify related to its anticompetitive allegations against Apple, according to Reuters.


From the report:
The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee reached out to the music streaming service with broad requests for information, according to one source, who added the request to the company was narrowed in follow up telephone calls.
In March, Spotify announced it filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission over unfair App Store practices. Spotify took particular issue with Apple charging a 30 percent "tax" on only certain App Store purchases, calling it "discriminatory."

Apple only charges a commission on in-app purchases tied to digital goods, so apps providing real goods and services like Uber are exempt.

Apple also forbids Spotify and other developers from alerting users that they can sign up for a subscription or complete a purchase outside of its iOS app, and disallows Spotify from advertising deals to its customers in the app or by email, as these practices would circumvent Apple's in-app purchase system.

Apple labeled Spotify's complaint as "misleading rhetoric" and claimed that "Spotify wants all the benefits of a free app without being free," later adding that Spotify pays Apple a 15 percent commission for only about 0.5 percent of its paying subscribers, as part of its official response to the complaint.

Apple has faced increasing scrutiny as of late over the way it runs its App Store. In response, Apple said the App Store "welcomes competition," noting that it was created to be "a safe and trusted place for customers to discover and download apps" and "a great business opportunity for all developers."

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7 weeks ago
„Apple also forbids Spotify and other developers from alerting users that they can sign up for a subscription or complete a purchase outside of its iOS app, and disallows Spotify from advertising deals to its customers in the app or by email, as these practices would circumvent Apple's in-app purchase system.“

i always thought this part was messed up. it is one thing not allowing 3party apps to be installed from other sources but this is clearly just unfair competition to make sure Apple is getting their share
Rating: 24 Votes
7 weeks ago
I am rooting for Spotify on this one.

Get them a-h*les!

I cannot believe how people does not find anticompetitive that Apple does not allow them to tell users they can subscribe outside of their own system. It is already arguably unfair that they even have to pay to develop and publish the app in iOS (without existing an alternative store).
Rating: 19 Votes
7 weeks ago


OMG, Spotify is Booty Tickled that Apple Music is gaining on them and will soon stomp them out. Spotify proves to be childish.

They also want to replace AppleCore OS services with their services.... not going to happen... LOL


Unless Apple Music starts working on far more than their own platforms (yes they have an Android app) I really doubt that Spotify will lose. The market wants ability to use streaming on all their devices (Roku, etc) not just Apple. Meanwhile Spotify and Pandora seem to have apps for everything
Rating: 15 Votes
7 weeks ago
Why should Spotify be exempt from 30 percent fee? If you do not like platform, then remove your app from it. Problem solved.

Spotify wants special treatment that will increase their revenues, which is unfair to other apps and their developers.
Rating: 15 Votes
7 weeks ago
Apple wants all the benefits of being an American company with out paying the taxes
Rating: 13 Votes
7 weeks ago
OMG, Spotify is Booty Tickled that Apple Music is gaining on them and will soon stomp them out. Spotify proves to be childish.

They also want to replace AppleCore OS services with their services.... not going to happen... LOL
Rating: 12 Votes
7 weeks ago


Hey man, if they used some other SDK to make their app - sure. If it’s on the iPhone they used Apples frameworks which Apple devs built... see where I’m going?


I am pretty sure their developers are able to make an app without using “Apple’s frameworks”... the only reason they do it (and most Devs do it) is because they have no other option.
Rating: 12 Votes
7 weeks ago


The whole point here is that someone wants special treatment. There is nothing really “not to get”.

Spotify wants the same treatment as companies like Uber who can have their own sign-up and payment system accessed from within the application.
Rating: 10 Votes
7 weeks ago


Why should Spotify be exempt from 30 percent fee? If you do not like platform, then remove your app from it. Problem solved.

Spotify wants special treatment that will increase their revenues, which is unfair to other apps and their developers.

Why should Uber be exempt from the 30 percent fee?
Rating: 9 Votes
7 weeks ago
It is getting complicated because things are changing. Just today, Disney has banned Netflix advertising across all it's properties (networks, channels) except ESPN (odd). As it doesn't want to advertise a competitors platform. So is that ok? It seems to be. Disney owns ABC etc and can decide what ads to take and what to reject. I'm not ready to jump on any one answer here, yet. But in general I think Apple can do what Apple wants with its platform. Since it is NOT the largest (by a long shot...most profitable, yes, but not largest by numbers), there is no monopoly argument. But I'm open to changing my mind.
Rating: 9 Votes

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