Apple One Products and services Bundle Criticised by Spotify on Antitrust Grounds


Streaming music firm Spotify on Tuesday criticized rival Apple, saying that a new subscription bundle offer from the iPhone maker abuses its dominant market position by favoring its own Apple Music service.

Spotify said the Apple One bundle announced Tuesday disadvantages streaming music rivals. Spotify and Apple charge $10 (more or less Rs. 740) a month for their streaming music service, but the Apple One package bundles it with other products and services such as television or video games that start at $15 (more or less Rs. 1,100) per month.

“We call on competition authorities to act urgently to confine Apple’s anti-competitive behavior, which whether left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, memorize, create, and connect,” the music streaming company said.

In a remark, Apple said the bundle was once aimed at existing users of its products and services and that “customers can discover and enjoy alternatives to each one of Apple’s products and services.”

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