Due to the new competition regulation for Big Tech in the region, Spotify customers in Europe will be able to purchase audiobooks and subscription plans directly within the music-streaming app as of March, the Swedish business announced on Wednesday.
With this move, the company will be able to avoid paying Apple’s 30 percent transaction fee for transactions made through the App Store, a long-standing point of dispute between the tech giant and app developers.
For several years, Spotify has been involved in a legal dispute, claiming that it had to increase the cost of its monthly subscriptions to compensate for expenses related to Apple App Store regulations.
Spotify stated in a blog post that for years Apple had these policies where we couldn’t inform you about offers, how much anything costs, or even where or how to buy it.
We will now be allowed to communicate information on offers, promotions, and more affordable payment alternatives inside the EU thanks to the Digital Markets Act (DMA).
All Big Tech businesses must abide by the DMA by March 7; in the meantime, they must treat their own products and services the same as those of their competitors.
As Bloomberg News reported in November, Apple intends to contest the European Union’s decision to include the App Store in its new digital antitrust list.
Apple requested on Tuesday that a London tribunal dismiss a class action case, valued at over $1 billion, filed by over 1,500 software developers against the software store policies of the company.
The CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, has also criticized Apple, citing the App Store’s policies and pricing structure as inappropriate and creating a conflict of interest.
Meta stated on Wednesday that new alternatives would increase competition in app distribution, something we’ve always supported.
More methods should be available for developers to distribute their programs to users with ease.