Apple says Spotify ‘wants all the benefits of a free app without being free’ in response to EU complaint

On Wednesday, Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding Apple’s App Store policies and started an aggressive PR campaign to back it up. Apple has today published a public statement in response to Spotify’s argument.

Apple says that Spotify is spreading a ‘misleading rhetoric’. They cite how Spotify makes most of its revenue from advertising and mobile carrier partner deals, of which Apple takes no cut at all. The In-App Purchase subscriptions are a small percentage of Spotify’s business — and Spotify wants to pay Apple zero for those subscription sales meaning they are essentially taking the benefits of a free app and Apple receives no compensation at all from Spotify’s operations.

Apple’s statement today does not address whether the 30% cut (dropped to 15% if a subscriber renews for a year) is ‘fair’. It argues from the position that Spotify wants 0%, rather than debate the merits and downsides of a figure somewhere in between. This will undoubtedly become a detailed subject of discussion down the road if the EU complaint is taken on by the European Commission.

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