Spotify launched the new Apple One bundles right out of the door. It’s clear why he wouldn’t like this competition, but to say that it will bring “irreparable harm to the developer community” seems to go too far.
Spotify’s wrath with Apple One
Much of this dates back to the Epic Fortnite battle. Not content with giving Apple 30% of its subscription fee, Epic encouraged its Fortnite users to search for subscriptions directly from Epic. This caused the App Store to abandon the Fortnite app. No winner in this fight.
So now Spotify is going ahead and saying that Apple is not playing fairly with its Apple One bundles which were announced at the last Apple event. They involve bundling Apple’s services for a discount.
Shortly after Apple’s announcement, Spotify has released the following statement:
“Once again, Apple is using its dominance and unfair practices to disadvantage its competitors and deprive consumers by prioritizing its own services. We call on competition authorities to act urgently to curb Apple’s anti-competitive behavior, which, if left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, to learn, create and connect.
To say that these new packages “will put the competition at a disadvantage” makes sense. And of course, Apple “promotes its own services”. Why would they create services and not sell them?
Spotify’s fear of Apple One bundles and how they might affect its business is real and obvious. But to say that it will bring “irreparable harm to the developer community” as a whole seems a bit of a stretch.
New Apple One packs
There is three Apple One subscription plans to meet different needs. The shame is that you cannot choose and get a certain number of services for one price. It seems that you are tied to what is in a particular set.
- Individual – Music, TV +, Arcade, 50 GB iCloud $ 14.95 / month, save $ 6 / month
- Family – Music, TV +, Arcade, 200GB iCloud $ 19.95 / month, save $ 8 / month (share with five other people)
- First – Music, TV +, Arcade, 2TB iCloud, News +, Fitness (coming end of 2020) $ 29.95 / month, save $ 25 / month (share with five other people)
The Premier plan will only be available in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada, countries where Apple News + is available. If subscription fees are paid with Apple Card, 3% cash back is given.
If you’re planning to switch from Spotify to Apple Music to take advantage of the Apple One offerings, or if that’s too much for you and you’re considering switching from Apple Music to Spotify, read on and find out who is winning the music war: Spotify against Apple Music.
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