Spotify is frustrated with the App Store approval process on the Apple iOS. The company claims the tech giant Apple refused to updated the music streaming service's iOS app, according to Recode.
This being connected to the concerned Spotify billing system for its Premium service. Apple wants Spotify to use their built in billing system, which chisels a cut for all sales - subscription payments.
"It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music, particularly when seen against the backdrop of Apple's previous anticompetitive conduct aimed at Spotify," the letter said, according to Recode. "We cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors."
According to PC Mag:
"The rejection reportedly prompted Spotify to send a letter to Apple's general counsel, signaling possible legal action over Apple's tight control of its App Store ecosystem. Recode said it obtained a copy of the letter, sent on June 26, which argued that Apple's rejection is the latest in a string of actions that could constitute a violation of American and European antitrust laws."
Neither company responded to a request for comment.
It's evident, Apple is stirring the pot, as the tech giant is in possible talks to acquire Tidal. Spotify, already not being in good graces with Apple, could be the odd man out.
Could this be the end of the reign of Spotify?
Could Apple's beef with Spotify cause more damage?
Stay tuned for more details.