Skip to main content

Spotify says further App Store concessions still not enough

Spotify
Spotify (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Spotify says that further changes made to the App Store by Apple are still not enough.
  • The company recently confirmed it would allow reader apps further scope to direct users away from the App Store to their own sites.
  • Spotify claims that the move is a step in the right direction, but that it will continue to push for a real solution.

Spotify has said that further recent changes made to Apple's App Store are a welcome step in the right direction, but don't go far enough to satisfy its demands.

Spotify's Horacio Gutierrez again took to Twitter in the wake of a settlement between Apple and the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), stating that the changes still do not go far enough to address its grievances.

Gutierrez stated "Apple's selective tweaks to its App Store rules are welcome, but they don't go far enough", recycling a Spotify table in support of the Open App Markets Act:

See more

Spotify added a small update to the table, clarifying that point two RE forbidding restriction of communications by developers to their users inside or outside of the app as found in the settlement was too narrow in scope and wasn't applicable to all apps.

This week Apple announced changes to rules around reader apps that will be applicable worldwide from early next year:

To ensure a safe and seamless user experience, the App Store's guidelines require developers to sell digital services and subscriptions using Apple's in-app payment system. Because developers of reader apps do not offer in-app digital goods and services for purchase, Apple agreed with the JFTC to let developers of these apps share a single link to their website to help users set up and manage their account.

Apple has previously not allowed apps to include links in-app to payment pages or websites outside of the App Store, and until another recent settlement didn't even let them tell developers about different ways to pay for digital goods.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

2 Comments
  • The problem is that Apple is still making money that rightly should be going to Spotify. Apple should be paying Spotify for the value added, driving people to buy iPhones so they can listen to Spotify.
  • Spotify just wants a free ride.