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The battle of the music streaming titans is formally on.

On Wednesday, Spotify complained to the European Fee antitrust regulators that Apple is not taking part in honest and is harming shoppers. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek argued that App Retailer insurance policies give Apple Music an “unfair benefit at each flip.”

On Thursday, Apple fired again in opposition to the streaming service by saying that Spotify desires “all the advantages of a free app with out being free.” The iPhone maker additionally threw in a pair extra refined jabs within the prolonged “Addressing Spotify’s Claims” press release.

Apple stated in its public retort that Spotify has used the App Retailer “for years to dramatically develop their enterprise,” however now it desires to reap advantages “with out making any contributions to that market.”

“The vast majority of clients use their free, ad-supported product, which makes no contribution to the App Retailer,” Apple stated. “Even now, solely a tiny fraction of their subscriptions fall below Apple’s revenue-sharing mannequin. Spotify is asking for that quantity to be zero.”

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As a response to Spotify’s claims that Apple blocked it out of providers like Siri, HomePod and Apple Watch, Apple stated it reached out to Spotify “on a number of events,” to which Spotify stated it is “engaged on it.”

The tech big additional added that Spotify’s point out of the Apple Watch was “particularly shocking” because the Spotify Watch app was reviewed and accepted again in 2018 with the identical course of and velocity of every other app.

“The one contribution that Apple requires is for digital items and providers which are bought contained in the app utilizing our safe in-app buy system,” Apple’s assertion stated. 

Concerning Apple’s 30 p.c tax on paid apps, which is on the heart of Spotify’s criticism since Apple Music just isn’t topic to it, Apple says Spotify’s sentiments are deceptive. 

“That income share is 30 p.c for the primary yr of an annual subscription – however they disregarded that it drops to 15 p.c within the years after,” Apple stated. 

“We really feel an obligation to reply when Spotify wraps its monetary motivations in deceptive rhetoric about who we’re,” Apple stated. “Spotify wouldn’t be the enterprise they’re at the moment with out the App Retailer ecosystem.”

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