Spotify, Tile, Tinder App Store complaints are solely business grievances, Apple says
Added 05-14-21 07:11:02am EST - “Apple has told a Senate Judiciary Committee that complaints from Spotify and others, about the App Store being anticompetitive are based solely in business grievances.” - Appleinsider.com
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Apple has told a Senate Judiciary Committee that complaints from Spotify and others, about the App Store being anticompetitive are based solely in business grievances.
Following his previous hearing testimony, Apple's Chief Compliance Officer Kyle Andeer has formally written to the US Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights. Expanding on his verbal arguments, Andeer lists in detail why Apple believe that complaints from Spotify, Tile, and Match, are motivated by grievances instead of genuine anticompetitive concerns.
"I appreciated the opportunity to appear before the Subcommittee last month," wrote Andeer, "and I ask that the Subcommittee include this letter in the record to ensure that there is an accurate reflection of the facts considered, particularly regarding specific allegations made against Apple at the hearing."
In a point by point, and company by company, rebuttal, Andeer's letter begins by disputing three specific complaints asserted by witnesses that Spotify presented at the hearing. Regarding Spotify's complaint that App Store fees are too high, Andeer said they "meet or beat" comparable industry charges.
"Spotify... pays a commission on less than one percent of its premium subscribers," wrote Andeer. "When Apple reduced commissions applicable to Spotify, Spotify did not reduce its prices for its customers, notwithstanding Spotify's witness' testimony that 'paying Apple's 30% tax... would have forced us to raise consumer prices.'"
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