Spotify CEO slams Apple’s App Store changes; Apple fires back [U] | Technology

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Update, 7:19pm ET: In a statement to 9to5Mac, Apple fires back at Spotify’s claims.

“We’re happy to support the success of all developers — including Spotify, which has the most successful music streaming app in the world. The changes we’re sharing for apps in the European Union give developers choice — with new options to distribute iOS apps and process payments. Every developer can choose to stay on the same terms in place today. And under the new terms, more than 99% of developers would pay the same or less to Apple.”


Apple is facing more criticism for its announced its plan about how it plans to comply with the Digital Markets Act in the European Union. After pushback from Epic CEO Tim Sweeney and the Coalition for App Fairness, both Spotify and Mozilla have also now come out against Apple’s plans.

“This is extortion, plain and simple,” writes Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. “Apple has proposed an unworkable alternative that developers would have to be locked into until the end of their businesses.”

Ek outlines his issues with Apple’s announcements in a blog post. Essentially, he believes that the combination of the new 0.50 cent Euro fee and a lack of flexibility around App Store in-app payments makes this a bad deal for most developers.

Apple is making a developer’s choice between the status quo and this new program as difficult as possible. Apple is now saying, ‘sure, we’ll let you link out or offer your own payment methods… but you still owe us a commission for even doing that (plus that new flat 0.50 cent Euro fee).’ This combination of fees means that, in most instances, if your app is…

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