Spotify Issues Antitrust Complaint About Apple One

Posted on September 16, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Apple, Cloud, Music + Videos, Spotify with 36 Comments

Spotify has already issued an antitrust complaint about Apple One, Apple’s bundling of its own online services.

“Once again, Apple is using its dominant position and unfair practices to disadvantage competitors and deprive consumers by favoring its own services,” a Spotify statement notes. “We call on competition authorities to act urgently to restrict Apple’s anti-competitive behavior, which if left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, learn, create, and connect.”

As you may know, Apple yesterday announced Apple One, which provides users with access to multiple Apple services, including Apple Music, for $14.99 to $29.99 per month. And while Spotify is just one of many companies now complaining about Apple’s anticompetitive business practices, it was the first to finally get antitrust regulators to take notice. Now, Apple is under investigation by multiple regulatory bodies in the U.S., EU, and elsewhere.

Apple, naturally, disagrees with Spotify’s assessment.

“Customers can discover and enjoy alternatives to every one of Apple’s services,” an Apple statement retorts. “We’re introducing Apple One because it is a great value for customers and a simple way to access the full range of Apple’s subscription services. We’ll be recommending the Apple One plan that saves you the most money based on the subscriptions you already have. It’s perfect for anyone who loves any of our services and wants to get more for less, and it’s especially great for families. Also[,] select services included in Apple One are available to enjoy on non-Apple devices, and you can cancel anytime.”

I suspect we’ll see other companies impacted by Apple One—like cloud storage vendors, game services, video services, and so on—complain about this bundling in the days ahead as well.

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