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Time to Play Fair: Spotify are asking the European Commission to stop Apple's anti-competitive behaviour

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  1. cptcobalt Link
    Marco Arment, the developer of Overcast, who isn't afraid to be harsh about Apple, has this take on the matter: I think that puts the "honest" perspective succinctly. Yes, Apple could stand to...

    Marco Arment, the developer of Overcast, who isn't afraid to be harsh about Apple, has this take on the matter:

    Take Spotify’s complaints and timeline with a grain of salt. https://www.timetoplayfair.com/timeline/

    It’s really just three things:

    • Apple’s 30% cut is high
    • The rules around it are anticompetitive
    • Spotify gets rejected a lot for trying to evade them

    Everything else is a bit bullshitty.

    Many of Spotify’s complaints are ascribing malice to limitations of young products. Any developer, Watch or HomePod owner, or Siri user can tell you that Spotify wasn’t the reason Watch podcast apps sucked before watchOS 5 or that SiriKit and HomePod have no audio intents yet.

    I think that puts the "honest" perspective succinctly. Yes, Apple could stand to change policies—being the dominant force it's easy to lose good perspective—but Spotify is also trying to cry foul in areas where it's undeserved too.

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  2. bilbodwyer Link
    It'll be interesting to watch how this pans out. Certainly from Spotify's point of view, it seems like Apple have been acting pretty shitty, but I'll look forward to seeing Apple's response on...

    It'll be interesting to watch how this pans out. Certainly from Spotify's point of view, it seems like Apple have been acting pretty shitty, but I'll look forward to seeing Apple's response on this subject.

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