Spotify has accused Apple of being a bad competitor after the company refused to approve Spotify's new app.
(CCM) — This week, Spotify sent a letter to Apple's legal team accusing the company of "causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers" by not approving a new version of Spotify's iOS app in the App Store. The app was shot down citing "business model rules" that would require Spotify to use Apple's billing system, but the music streaming service says that Apple has a bigger scheme in mind. For Spotify, Apple's stronghold over iOS has been the key to its ability to "use the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors" of its Apple Music service. Spotify has argued for months that Apple's subscription policies punish third-party music providers that depend on its platform to reach audiences in order to corral traffic to Apple Music.
Previously, Spotify had agreed to cooperate with Apple's billing rules, but after Apple priced Spotify at $13 — three dollars more than its price outside of the App Store — Spotify began to distance itself and become a more vocal competitor. Both Spotify and Apple have declined to comment on the feud.
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