Apple and Spotify are involved in a bitter antitrust battle in Europe, where Spotify claims that Apple's App Store rules give it an unfair advantage over competitors. Apple has now responded to Spotify's requirements in a new filing with the European Commission.
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The filling was first reported by German newspaper Der Spiegel . In the document, Apple charges Spotify to deliberately provide false information about the fees it pays to Apple through the App Store.
In March, Spotify's public PR campaign focused on Apple to charge 30% "tax" on all App Store transactions. In fact, Apple now says Spotify doesn't pay a 30 percent fee on any of its subscribers.
Essentially, Spotify spent only the opportunity to sign up for a subscription via its iOS app from 2014 to 2016. For subscriptions, Apple charges a 30 year fee for the first year, then a 15 percent fee each year after the. All the subscribers Spotify acquired through its iOS app are long ago out of the 1-year window.
In its reply, Apple emphasizes that Spotify only pays Apple a fee of well over 0.5 percent of its total subscribers. As mentioned by CNET Spotify has about 100 million paying subscribers. Apple says Spotify has acquired 680,000 subscribers through its iOS app. That means Spotify gives Apple a cut of just 0.68 percent of its total subscribers.
This response from Apple marks the first time Apple has formally responded to Spotify's European Commission complaint. Immediately after Spotify's initial PR campaign in March, Apple publicly responded to Spotify's allegations, but from earlier this month it had not yet submitted a formal reply to the Commission.
What finally comes from Spotify's complaint by the European Commission against Apple has not yet been seen. In the meantime, however, it has become a public word war that does not show signs of slowing down.
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