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A Spotify-led consortium has written to the European Union saying Apple is defying the courts and regulators and wants “urgent action” from the courts and regulators.
Spotify previously got the EU to investigate allegations against Apple for antitrust behavior in 2019. Apple originally fought back, accusing Spotify of wanting all the benefits of being a free app, without being a free app.
Then in 2020, Spotify said it expected Apple to open up its platforms as a result of its EU complaint. In 2021, the EU issued a preliminary report that Apple breached European Union competition law.
Now Spotify has published an open letter to EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, demanding in part that the Union act on that preliminary report and also “swiftly enforce” the Digital Markets Act (DMA).
“Apple has challenged and continues to challenge all efforts by courts and regulators to address these unfair practices,” the letter states. “While Apple continues to reap unfair rewards, the damage to developers and, more importantly, consumers is immeasurable.”
“The time has come for the EU to take urgent action to put an end to Apple’s abusive behavior,” he continues. “The EU has the opportunity to take the initiative, but it must act quickly, as every day that passes is a loss for innovation and the well-being of European consumers.”
The letter is signed by executives from eight companies:
- Base camp
- European Council of Publishers
- digital france
- News Media Europe
Spotify’s letter also calls for a “swift decision in the competition case against “Apple Music” for its illegal and anti-competitive behavior.”
“Many of the anti-competitive behaviors described in the Commission’s Statement of Objections against Apple are felt not only by music streaming services, but also by many other app providers who want to offer products and services through the app store. of iOS,” the letter continues. “That List of Objections is almost two years old and the abuses and damages to the consumer will continue until a remedy is applied.”
“Any attempts by Apple and other gatekeepers to circumvent the rules, even for unclear and vague privacy and security reasons, must be resisted,” he concludes.
Previous independent research says that in 2021, Spotify had a 31% share of the global music streaming market. Apple Music was the second most popular at 15%. The company also continues to erroneously claim that all of its subscribers receive a 30% subscription fee, while the actual number is 15% for subscribers who have been with the service for more than a year.