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Apple slams Spotify\'s \'misleading\' claim App Store abuses its power

Apple clapped back at Spotify's "misleading" complaints that Apple's App Store abuses its power to stifle competition, accusing the music-streaming giant of wanting a free ride to the disadvantage of smaller developers now that it's grown into a powerhouse.

"Spotify wouldn't be the business they are today without the App Store ecosystem, but now they're leveraging their scale to avoid contributing to maintaining that ecosystem for the next generation of app entrepreneurs," Apple said late Thursday. "We think that's wrong."

The feud pits Apple, a gadget giant whose App Store is essential for mobile services to thrive, against the biggest subscription music service in the world and one of the most popular iOS apps. The outcome of their face-off could change what you're able to buy -- and how easily it is to buy things from Apple competitors -- on Apple devices and in iOS apps.

Spotify filed an antitrust complaint to European regulators earlier this week, claiming that some of Apple's practices, like charging subscription companies a 30 percent fee for in-app purchases, abuse the market power of the App Store. Spotify claimed Apple wields the App Store's power to stifle apps that compete with its other businesses, like Apple Music subscriptions that go head-to-head with Spotify.

https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-slams-spotify-claim-app-store-abuses-power-to-stifle-competition/

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