Hours ago, Manzana announced changes in the App Store that will impact the way in which certain apps can register new users. The Cupertino firm will allow “content viewing” applications to link to an external website, so that people can create or manage an account. One of the companies that gave an opinion on this measure was Spotify, and made it clear that still not satisfied.
Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of the streaming music platform, echoed the resolution on Twitter. The manager cited a tweet from Horacio Gutiérrez, Spotify’s legal chief, in which he shared an updated comparative table between the agreements that Apple achieves and what the Law of Open Markets of Applications proposes (Open App Markets Act), which the US Senate introduced in August.
The image in question now shows an asterisk next to the red cross that appears in Apple’s column, in the row where it says “It prohibits restricting communication from developers to their users, inside and outside the app.” The annotation says “Limited scope / Not applicable to all applications”.
This is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t solve the problem. App developers want clear, fair rules that apply to all apps. Our goal is to restore competition once and for all, not one arbitrary, self-serving step at a time. We will continue to push for a real solution https://t.co/vzIoBpZQr1
– Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) September 2, 2021
The message from the CEO of Spotify was also quite clear. “This is a step in the right direction, but it does not solve the problem. Developers want clear and fair rules that apply to all applications. Our goal is to restore competition once and for all, not an arbitrary and selfish step to at the same time. We will continue to push for a real solution, “he tweeted.
Gutiérrez, for his part, said: “Apple’s selective adjustments to the rules of the App Store are welcome, but they do not go far enough.”
Spotify expects more from Apple
Spotify’s criticism is not too surprising, considering that the company has been of the most pointed against Apple in recent years. In 2016 he accused those of Cupertino of harming the competition to favor Apple Music. A statement that, in fact, was validated by the European Union last April.
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Even Spotify executives have not minced the talk when it comes to standing up against Californians. Horacio Gutiérrez himself called Apple a “ruthless bully” in an opinion column published in May in The Wall Street Journal; and shortly afterwards he sustained it in an interview with The Verge, where he also assured that, despite everything, he is a fan of apple products:
When it comes to their policies related to app stores and the way they treat not only competing apps, but a wide variety of apps in their App Store, it is simply unfair; I think they deserve regulatory attention, and I think they are getting regulatory attention for it. You can love a company and at the same time be able to point out things that they should be doing differently.
We’ll see if Apple echoes the new statements made by Spotify through Ek and Gutiérrez. The truth is that the crosses and debates about the management of the App Store they are far from overEspecially after the recent resolution of South Korea so that those of Cupertino – and also Google – allow alternative payment methods.