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Apple in furious App Store battle with Spotify

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War of words intensifies over app rejection.
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A bitter war of words has erupted between Apple and Spotify, after the latter’s app was rejected from Apple’s App Store for breaching strict rules surrounding in–app purchases.

Spotify says that the rejection raises "serious concerns under both US and EU competition law" and claims that it "continues a troubling pattern of behaviour by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS".

The app was apparently rejected on the grounds that it contravened new rules, whereby Apple takes a 15% cut of any subscription taken out within an app.

Spotify’s latest update apparently sent users signing up for a cheap monthly deal to its web player, rather than taking details within its iOS app.

In a stinging reply, Apple’s top lawyer Bruce Sewell accused Spotify of, “resorting to rumours and half–truths”.

He added: “There is nothing in Apple's conduct that 'amounts to a violation of applicable antitrust laws'.

"Far from it. Apple has continued to innovate with lower pricing for our customers, and a new revenue share model for the developers that have helped make us so successful.”

Spotify’s app continues to be available on iPhone and iPad, although a new version is not expected to launch any time soon.

Source:

Buzzfeed

Category: News
Tagged: apple, iphone

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