Apple says it plans to attraction the historic €1.84 billion superb issued in the present day by the European Fee over Apple’s anticompetitive practices within the streaming music market. In a newsroom post, Apple known as out Spotify, an organization based mostly in Stockholm, Sweden because the “main advocate” and “greatest beneficiary” of the EC’s determination — noting the streamer had a 56% share of the streaming music market in Europe.

The Cupertino-based tech big had already aired its views on Spotify within the days main as much as the EC’s ruling, saying that Spotify’s criticism was about “attempting to get limitless entry to all of Apple’s instruments with out paying.”

Apple had additionally earlier shared numerous private particulars about Spotify’s enterprise on Apple’s platforms by noting that the streamer accessed “1000’s of Apple’s APIs throughout 60 frameworks;” that it examined its apps utilizing Apple’s Testflight platform; that it had submitted over 420 variations of its app to Apple’s app evaluation; and that its app had been downloaded re-downloaded or up to date greater than 119 billion occasions throughout Apple units.

In its response in the present day to the EC superb, Apple factors to the dimensions of Spotify’s enterprise, and that of the European digital music market as an entire — a market that as of final 12 months encompasses almost 160 million subscribers, up from 25 million in 2015.

Apple once more careworn that Spotify pays Apple nothing when it comes to App Retailer commissions as a result of it sells its subscriptions solely on Apple’s web site. This goes to the center of Spotify’s criticism — it needs to speak with its clients about these subscriptions plus different promos and reductions from inside its iOS app. Apple’s anti-steering guidelines for years largely prevented this, however Apple in 2022 launched an exception for “reader apps,” like streamers, that enable apps to hyperlink their customers to an internet site. Nonetheless, Apple is still in charge of approving who can implement this exception as a method of controlling the scenario, relatively than simply updating its guidelines to overtly enable hyperlinks.

Spotify didn’t make the most of the reader app exception, Apple says, however relatively needs to “needs to bend the foundations of their favor by embedding subscription costs of their app, with out utilizing the App Retailer’s In-App Buy system,” its announcement states.

“They need to use Apple’s instruments and applied sciences, distribute on the App Retailer, and profit from the belief we’ve constructed with customers — and to pay Apple nothing for it,” Apple says. “In brief, Spotify needs extra.”

Apple says that whereas it respects the European Fee, the information don’t help the choice, and ” consequently, Apple will attraction.”

“Each day, groups at Apple work to maintain that dream alive,” Apple wrote. “We do it by making the App Retailer the most secure and greatest expertise for our customers. We do it by giving builders the means to make unbelievable apps. Most of all, we do it as a result of apps have an unbelievable capability to drive improvements that empower folks and enrich their lives.”