FILE PHOTO: Customers walk past an Apple logo on the inside of an Apple store in Grand Central Station in New York, V. S., August 1, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo
(Reuters) – Apple Inc said on Thursday Spotify wants all the benefits of a free app without being free, as the iPhone maker responded to the audio-streaming service provider complaint with European Union antitrust regulators.
Spotify, which launched a year after the 2007 launch of the iPhone, said on Wednesday Apple unfairly limits rivals his own Apple Music streaming service.
Apple’s control of the App store and robbed consumers of choice and rival providers of audio-streaming services in favor of the Apple Music, which began in 2015, Spotify added.
In response, Apple said that it has “approved and distributed almost 200 app updates on Spotify’s name, resulting in more than 300 million copies downloaded from the Spotify app.”
“The only time that we have asked for changes in Spotify has tried to bypass the rules of any other app follow these steps,” Apple said in a statement. apple.co/2TDPBPo
“Spotify is free to build apps and compete on our products and platforms, and we hope that they will do it.”
Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu