In recent days, controversy has arisen between the streaming music giant and those from Cupertino. Spotify accuses Apple of using the App Store approval as "weapon to harm your competitors»After you have denied your application update.
In response to Spotify's legal letter, Bruce Sewell, Apple's chief legal officer has responded that they are disappointed. Silicon Valley rejects the apparent favorable treatment Spotify requests in front of the other developers.
There's no question that Spotify has benefited greatly from its association with Apple's App Store. Since its incorporation in 2009, the platform has provided more than 160 million downloads of its application. This translates into hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue for Spotify. This is why we are concerned that you are requesting exceptions to the rules that apply to all developers and publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service.
Our rules are intended to promote competition between applications, not harm it. The fact that we compete has never influenced how Apple treats Spotify or other successful competitors like Google Play Music. There are numerous music distribution apps on the App Store like Tidal, Amazon Music, and Pandora.
Sewell adds that claiming to take advantage of the "benefits of Apple's hard work" is "simply unfair and unreasonable«. The store's enforcement rules existed long before Apple's advent of music. It also points out the new rules with which Apple will take 15% of subscriptions older than a year, instead of 30%.
Sewell's letter to Spotify also explain the reason why the Spotify update has been rejected several times. Spotify replaced the subscription integrated in the application with an email request from users to be invited to register via online, outside of the App. circumvent purchasing rules within the App Store.
This feature tries to avoid the economic benefits of using the App Store by directing subscriptions to its website. A clear violation of the terms for any developer who wants to use the service.
There is nothing in Apple's conduct that violates the competition rules. In fact, Apple has continued to offer the lowest prices for customers and a new revenue sharing model for developers that have helped us run successfully. We understand that Spotify wants special treatment, but we are not willing to give it as we treat all developers fairly and equitably.
Source - Buzzfeed