Spotify CEO Daniel Ek stated he expects longtime rival Apple will “open up” iOS and its platforms extra sooner or later because of rivalry with builders and rising antitrust concerns from regulators, based on an interview with Ek published on Tuesday by Bloomberg.
Spotify filed a regulatory complaint with the European Union last year, calling Apple’s necessary 30% App Store cut a “tax” that stifles innovation and unfairly advantages Apple towards its rivals. Spotify additionally cited Apple’s management over system-level options like its Siri voice assistant, which on time didn’t work with Spotify; however, it naturally did combine with Apple Music. The grievance resulted in an ongoing EU antitrust investigation.
Whereas the 2 firms have routinely squabbled publicly before and after the EU complaint, Apple has, in some instances, relented in its strategy. It labored with Spotify to enable Siri support for the iPhone and Apple Watch. And Spotify additionally launched an Apple TV app for the first time.
Apple might quickly let rivals, together with Spotify, run natively on its HomePod good speaker, based on Bloomberg. Last month, the existence of a brand new Apple program for third-party video suppliers additionally got here to light, indicating that Apple is now cutting deals with companies like Amazon to permit them to bypass the 30 % App Retailer lower for sure digital objects like TV present and film leases.
Ek was fast to supply a caveat, nonetheless, saying in his interview that whereas “it’s transferring in the precise course,” he thinks, “we nonetheless have many, many steps to go earlier than” Apple’s ecosystem might be considered a good platform.