(CTN News) – In March, Spotify users in Europe will be able to buy audiobooks and subscription plans from within the music-streaming app as a result ofcompetition law for big tech in the region.
Apple’s 30% fee for purchases through its App Store has long been a source of contention between app developers and the tech giant.
The company has been engaged in a legal battle for years, alleging that Apple’s App Store rules forced it to raise the price of its monthly subscription. Stocks of the Stockholm-based company were up approximately 2% on the New York Stock Exchange.
Spotify stated in a blog post that Apple had long prohibited sharing details about offers, prices, or even where and how something could be purchased.
As a result of the DMA (Digital Markets Act), we are finally able to share information about deals, promotions, and better-value payment options across the Spotify EU.”
Companies are required to treat their own products and services as rivals’ under the Spotify DMA,
Which all Big Tech firms must comply with by March 7th. News reported in November that Apple plans to challenge the European Union’s decision to list all App Store products on its new digital antitrust list. Earlier this week, Apple asked a London tribunal to throw out a mass lawsuit brought by more than 1,500 app developers challenging Apple’s App Store rules.
Additionally, Apple had been criticized by Spotify Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg for its App Store policies and fee structure.
Meta stated on Wednesday that it has always been interested in supporting developers in the distribution of their apps. New options would increase competition in the app distribution market.
Developers must be provided with more ways to distribute their applications to interested parties.