Amid rumors that the European Commission will soon fine Apple 500 million euros for breaking EU law over access to streaming music services, Apple today commented on its relationship with Spotify and the ongoing complaints that Spotify has made to the EC to attempt to get the App Store rules changed.

In a statement to MacRumors, Apple said that Spotify is aiming to get unlimited access to Apple’s tools and services without paying anything for the value that Spotify receives from the ‌App Store‌.

“We’re happy to support the success of all developers — including Spotify, which is the largest music streaming app in the world. Spotify pays Apple nothing for the services that have helped them build, update, and share their app with Apple users in 160 countries spanning the globe. Fundamentally, their complaint is about trying to get limitless access to all of Apple’s tools without paying anything for the value Apple provides.”

The European Union’s investigation into the streaming music market and Apple’s ‌App Store‌ policies was initially sparked by Apple Music competitor Spotify. Spotify has complained multiple times about the ‌App Store‌ rules that prevent it from allowing users to subscribe to Spotify without using in-app purchases and without paying a fee to Apple.

Spotify began working with the European Commission in 2015, and the company filed a final complaint in Europe 2019. That led to a Statement of Objections from the European Commission in 2021. After that, the European Commission filed a “replacement” Statement of Objections on two separate occasions as it narrowed the focus of its investigation, with the latest statement released in December…