During yesterday’s event (15), Apple introduced the long-awaited “Apple One” service to the world. The novelty brings together all the subscriptions offered by the Cupertino giant (Music, TV Plus, Arcade and iCloud) in a single price “package”.
The new subscription service may be a good option for iPhone users. However, Spotify did not like the Apple One, since Apple is using its position of dominance in iOS to “limit competition”. In an open letter, the streaming service attacked the Cupertino company’s initiative:
Once again Apple is exploiting its dominance and unfair practices to harm its competitors by favoring its services. We ask competition authorities to take urgent action to curb Apple’s anti-competitive behavior, which if left unchecked will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedom to listen, learn, create and connect.
Long before the case of Epic Games, Spotify already had a “bullshit” with Apple. That’s because the streaming platform never agreed to charge 30% on each subscription made by iOS users. Commenting on the matter, a Apple spokesman tried to get around the situation:
Customers can easily discover and enjoy alternatives to all Apple services. We are introducing the Apple One because it offers great value to customers and is an easy way to access the full range of Apple subscription services. We recommend the Apple One plan for people who want to save money on subscriptions they already have. It is perfect for those who love our services and want to get a lot more for less, something particularly suitable for families. In addition, some services included with the Apple One can be used on non-Apple devices and can be canceled at any time.
Apparently, Spotify may once again sue Apple on the European Commission’s antitrust authority. That’s because the streaming service believes that Apple can harm competition by getting its users to cancel separate subscriptions to use the “Apple One package”.