Jan 18, 2024

Spotify attacks Apple's 'outrageous' 27% commission

Spotify has launched an outspoken attack on new transaction fees of up to 27% being levied by Apple in the US. On Wednesday, Apple announced it would permit app developers to sell products in places other than its own store - but only if they still paid commission. The court found Apple acted against US competition laws by not allowing app developers to tell people about other ways of paying, including through links that bypass Apple's own App Store payment system - which it charges a 30% fee to use. "Once again, Apple has demonstrated that they will stop at nothing to protect the profits they exact on the backs of developers and consumers under their app store monopoly," it said in a statement. Spotify has a history of attacking Apple over its fees. "The UK's Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill must put an end to this false posturing, which is essentially a recreation of Apple's fees."We strongly urge UK lawmakers to pass the bill swiftly to prevent Apple from implementing similar fees, which will help create a more competitive and innovative tech industry for UK consumers and businesses.

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