Spotify claims Apple blocking new version of its app to squash competition

The music streaming company is going to war against Apple

Spotify is claiming that Apple has rejected an update for its iPhone app to stop it competing with Apple Music.

The Swedish streaming music company’s latest version of its iOS was blocked by Apple for violating its “business model rules”, Rencode reports.

Spotify wants to implement its own subscription service to bill its customers rather than use Apple’s, which charges a 30 percent monthly cut.

All app developers are currently forced to use Apple’s service for subscription payments.

In a letter sent to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify said the rules “exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music”.

It adds: “we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors.”


Spotify has also sent copies of the letter to Congressional staff in Washington, D.C. It comes after US Senator Elizabeth Warren criticised Apple, Amazon and Google for their anticompetitive practices.

Apple’s policy of charging a monthly fee of up to 30% for using its billing service has previously led Amazon to release a limited version of its mobile app rather than pay the additional cost.

Last week, Spotify announced that it now has more than 100m monthly active users. Apple Music has made significant gains since its launch in June 2015, reaching 10m paying subscribers in January.