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Apple, Spotify and the double-edged sword called 'App Store'

Apple, Spotify and the double-edged sword called 'App Store'

Apple, Spotify and the double-edged sword called 'App Store'

Apple’s App Store has become a double-edged sword for both developers and Apple itself, and the only way to introduce applications in iOS has become a battlefield.

As many of you know, to install an application on an iPhone, an iPod or an iPad we need to go to the App Store; an app store that Apple installs on each device, and that regulates by reviewing and approving each application that wants to enter. It is not like in Android that we can install APK applications from anywhere, the App Store is the only way to install applications unless we enter slippery terrain like the Jailbreak, and Apple does not hesitate to use it as a weapon against the world.

Spotify, the last affected by the App Store

Today we have to talk about Spotify because in recent days it is sending letters to different personalities, letters in which They claim that Apple is using the App Store to attack Spotify and benefit your own music service, Apple Music. Spotify argues that it is doing so by rejecting the latest update that the Spotify team would have sent to the App Store, as we can read in Recode.

However, Spotify’s fight against Apple and its draconian App Store is not new: they have already had a bloody battle over Spotify’s attempt to get users to sign up for the service via its website and avoid billing through the App Store, method with which Apple takes up to 30% of the price of the subscription. Apple doesn’t like Spotify’s attempts to bypass its billing system, and Spotify doesn’t like the percentage Apple takes away with its service, something that benefits Apple Music from the Swedish company’s point of view.

Apple has responded to these accusations from Spotify, according to BuzzFeed News, accusing Spotify of seeking special treatment with respect to other developers and applications, that is, of try to bypass Apple Store rules by spreading false rumors. Apple argues that the conditions are the same for everyone, and that it is false that they are tripping Spotify and their attempts to monetize their service outside of the App Store.

Apple, very restrictive with its App Store?

Apple prohibits developers from using other methods to create subscriptions, and developers want to increase the benefits their services generate, so controversy is served in that field. But not only do we find disputes between Apple and the developers over this policy, there are also famous cases in which they have rejected the entry of competing applications with the reason that they duplicated functionalities of the operating system.

On the one hand, Apple’s control over the App Store helps keep an app store safer and cleaner for users. However, developers complain about the pressure that Apple exerts through this tool, and the dominant position it has thanks to iOS. The debate is served, but who do you think is right?