Apple has threatened to remove Spotify from the App store
Spotify is angry at the way that Apple’s App Store approval process is being abused to put down other rivals that are directly a threat to Apple Music own by Apple.
Spotify request to update its iOS app recently and it was turned down by Apple, which resulted into current clash going on between both.
Apple requires subscription based services to use iTunes billing in order to sell service to app Store users. What’s unfair is while Apple doesn’t require that Apps use the iTunes billing system at all, it doesn’t allow apps to use any other kind of billing system. On top of this, if services opt for iTunes billing, Apple is demanding 30% of subscription revenues.
Spotify has been passing the extra $3 charge to its consumers ever since, just for signing up using iTunes billing system. Even so, Spotify has also been advertising its $0.99 promotion which gives new subscribers 3 months of Spotify Premium for $1, but can only be done via Spotify’s website.
According to Gutierrez, Apple has threatened to remove Spotify from the App store if it doesn’t stop campaigning its own users to sign up outside of iTunes billing system, via Spotify’s own website.
Spotify’s general counsel Horacio Gutierrez wrote a letter to Apple’s general counsel, Bruce Sewell, calling Apple’s practices “anticompetitive” and accused Apple’s behavior as “excluding and diminishing the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music.
Gutierrez continues saying, “…we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors.”