Jul 04, 2016

    Spotify hits out at Apple after updated app is rejected


    SPOTIFY confirmed last week that it has complained to Apple after the United States technology company rejected an updated app for the Swedish music streaming service on iPhones.

    The companies have gone head to head in the battle for music streaming customers since Apple Music was launched in more than 100 countries last year.

    Spotify said the rejection of its revised app for iPhones was causing it "grave harm".

    The complaint was in the form of a letter sent by Spotify's lawyer to Apple, technology website Recode reported.

    The letter said Apple's rejection of the revised app raised "serious concerns" under competition law in the US and Europe and the move was causing

    "grave harm to Spotify and its customers".

    "It continues a troubling pattern of behaviour by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music," Recode quoted Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez as saying in the letter.

    Launched a decade ago, Spotify is the world's biggest paid music streaming service with about 30 million paying users in 59 markets. Apple Music has some 13 million.

    According to Recode, privately owned Spotify said Apple turned down the app under "business model rules", and demanded the Swedish service use Apple's billing system if it wanted to "use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions".