SPOTIFY’S LONG-RUNNING FEUD with Apple continues. In a press release, Spotify claims that “Apple’s anti-competitive behavior hurts everyone”, and that Apple still hinders developers’ ability to “deliver a seamless user experience”.
The press release concerns Spotify’s launch of audiobooks in the US, which Spotify believes is the perfect example of “how far Apple is willing to go to put competitors at a disadvantage”. According to Spotify, it is unnecessarily complicated for consumers to buy audiobooks because Apple “changes the rules arbitrarily, making the rules impossible to interpret”.
The Audiobooks purchase flow that Apple’s rules force us to provide consumers today is far too complicated and confusing — confusing because they change the rules arbitrarily, making them impossible to interpret.
Bottom line, we’re forced to make users work even harder to listen to an audiobook. This harms not only consumers, but, this time, also authors and publishers who now find themselves under Apple’s thumb.
Spotify writes that the audiobooks are just one of many examples in recent years of how “Apple is trying to control the entire internet ecosystem”. The company submitted a complaint to the European Commission almost four years ago, but the European Commission has not made a decision on the matter yet.
The bottom line in Spotify’s speech is that Apple’s behavior not only affects Spotify negatively, but also smaller companies – upstarts who hope to implement new ideas. Both Apple and Google have been in trouble in recent years due to alleged anti-competitive behaviour, which resulted in, among other things, high fines for Google from the EU.