Spotify CEO Daniel Ek today told Bloomberg that he expects Apple to further “open up” in long term following the antitrust complaint Spotify filed with the European Union last year.
In the complaint, Spotify said that Apple enforces App Store rules that “purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience,” and that Apple acts as “both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers.”
Spotify specifically took issue with Apple’s 30 percent fee collected on App Store purchases, which has forced Spotify to charge subscribers through the App Store $12.99 per month for its Premium plan instead of the $9.99 per month fee it normally collects.
The European Union subsequently launched an investigation into Apple, even though Apple claimed Spotify’s complaint was “misleading rhetoric.”
Apple has since made a few changes, launching a feature that allows Siri to work with non-Apple Music services, and Spotify has also introduced new Apple Watch and Apple TV apps. Ek said these moves have been encouraging.