Spotify criticises new Apple services bundle on antitrust grounds

Spotify said the Apple One bundle announced yesterday disadvantages streaming music rivals. — Reuters pic
Spotify said the Apple One bundle announced yesterday disadvantages streaming music rivals. — Reuters pic

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 16 ― Streaming music firm Spotify Technology SA yesterday criticised rival Apple Inc, saying that a new subscription bundle offer from the iPhone maker abuses its dominant market position by favouring its own Apple Music service.

Spotify said the Apple One bundle announced yesterday disadvantages streaming music rivals. Spotify and Apple charge US$10 (RM41.30) a month for their streaming music service, but the Apple One package bundles it with other services such as television or video games that start at US$15 per month.

“We call on competition authorities to act urgently to restrict Apple's anti-competitive behaviour, which if left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, learn, create, and connect,” the music streaming company said.

In a statement, Apple said the bundle was aimed at existing users of its services and that “customers can discover and enjoy alternatives to every one of Apple’s services.” ― Reuters

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