Apple blasts Spotify for ‘resorting to rumors and half-truths, asking for preferential treatment’

“Spotify says Apple is using its App Store approval process as ‘a weapon,'” John Paczkowski reports for Buzzfeed News.Apple says that claim is a load of BS.”

“In a letter sent to Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez on Friday, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell rebutted the streaming music service’s June 26 allegations that Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting a recent update to Spotify’s iOS app,” Paczkowski reports. “‘We find it troubling that you are asking for exemptions to the rules we apply to all developers and are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service,’ Sewell wrote in a letter obtained by BuzzFeed News.”

“‘Ironically, it is now Spotify that wants things to be different by asking for preferential treatment from Apple,’ [Sewell writes]. “And as for Spotify’s suggestion that Apple is treading on dangerous, anticompetitive ground, well, Sewell doesn’t seem too concerned. ‘There is nothing in Apple’s conduct that ‘amounts to a violation of applicable antitrust laws.’ Far from it.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Desperate Spotify sees what’s coming: The Apple steamroller.

You know the Apple’s App Store rules, Spotify whiners. If you don’t like them, go pound sand.

As we wrote on Wednesday: These are Apple’s platforms, built from the ground up. Apple owns them. Hence, Apple can charge what they like for the use of their App Store infrastructure.

Anyone who doesn’t like it, including Spotify or… oh, we don’t know, the developers of the “Make Me Indian” app  😉 can go to other smartphone platforms, including one with 82.6% market share as measured by units shipped which — drumroll, please — neatly negates any and all imperiously vapid claims of Apple having a “monopoly” in smartphones.

Desperate Spotify tries to manufacture an Apple App Store antitrust issue that does not exist
– July 1, 2016
Spotify claims Apple causing them ‘grave harm’ – July 1, 2016
Elizabeth Warren accuses Apple of monopolistic-like actions; Spotify concurs – June 29, 2016
Apple Music turns one year old, already has half as many paying members as Spotify – June 29, 2016
Apple Music accumulating subscribers much more quickly than Spotify or Pandora – June 21, 2016
Spotify dims as Apple Music shines – April 27, 2016
Apple Music nabs 10 million subscribers in 6 months, which took Spotify 6 years – January 10, 2016


  1. Apple is close to a huge lawsuit like microsoft faced when they got too pushy and greedy. Watchout Apple. Your beginning to look a lot like the evil big corporation you used to say you were against.

    1. Microsoft owned 90+% of the PC operating system market and was using their real monopoly power to deny third party software companies from even selling their products in generic computer stores, less those stores have Microsoft’s products removed from them. Thus, it was impossible to stay in business if you elected to offer third party competitions software in your stores.

      That’s monopoly power. Apple denying third party competitors from using their wholly owned App Store on their wholly owned iOS platform is only denying Apple customers from using those competing products. Those people voluntarily chose to purchase into the Apple ecosystem when they bought their iPhones/iPads/Macs, etc. If they’re unhappy with that decision, they can certainly switch

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