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Spotify and 8 other companies call Apple a ‘harmful’ company, here’s why



Several well-known app developers have been embroiled in a bitter dispute with Apple via App Store policies. Epic Games – the developer of the popular game Fortnite – is in the midst of a legal battle over Apple charging commissions from app developers and disallowing in-app purchases. Elon Musk even ‘threatened’ to go to war with Apple – that turned out to be a pretty wet statement. And now Spotify and eight other companies wrote a letter in which they called Apple a harmful company.
Complaint to the Commission of the European Union
As reported by Macrumors, the letter was signed by the CEO of Basecamp, Deezer, Proton, Schibsted, Spotify, the European Publishers Council (EPC), France Digitale and News Media Europe. In a letter to EU Commission President Margrethe Vestager, the companies said: “For many years, Apple has imposed unfair restrictions on our business. These restrictions hinder our development and harming European consumers These include tying the App Store to Apple’s proprietary payment method system, with excessive commissions for app developers; creating artificial obstacles that prevent our business from communicating freely with our customers; restrictions on developers’ access to their own users’ data; and erratic changes to terms and conditions.”
The companies continue to accuse Apple of profiting from its monopolistic activities. “Apple benefits from a monopoly on its mobile ecosystem and exorbitant rents from app developers, who have no choice but to stay in the App Store for access. European consumers,” the letter noted.
The companies have called on the EU to take “urgent” action to end “abusive practices by Apple”. The new Digital Markets Act has been passed by the EU, and companies say “the EU has an opportunity to take the lead, but must act quickly, as each day that passes is a loss to innovation and welfare.” of European consumers.”

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