Time may have passed, but the dust between Apple and Spotify has not subsided. How do we inform, earlier this year the Swedish streaming giant publicly complained about uneven and restrictive Apple system rules, encouraging several other companies accusing Cupertino of monopoly.
Behold, about six months after the imbroglio began, US justice requested Spotify for further information to support these allegations, according to a new Reuters report.
The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee contacted the music streaming service with broad requests for information, according to one source, who added that the request to the company consisted of follow-up phone calls.
In addition to the monopoly charge, Spotify emphasized the fact that Apple withholds 30% of the value of just a few App Store purchases, calling it a "discriminatory tax." In this regard, Apple explained that it charges a commission for in-app purchases linked to digital products; therefore, apps that provide “real” goods and services (such as Uber, for example) are exempt.
For these and other reasons, Apple claims that Spotify's complaint is "misleading rhetoric" and claimed that Apple Music's competing service "wants all the benefits of a free app without being one." In addition, the company clarified that Spotify pays a 15% commission for only 0.5% of its subscribers.
As we said, this is not the only case involving the Apple in anticompetitive practices; The company is currently involved in six other antitrust actions in several regions, including South Korea, Europe, Russia and the US – where the Supreme Court has “authorized” users sue the company for monopoly.