Spotify recently told subscribers to cancel subscriptions made through the Apple Store, and sign up again using the Spotify website. This would keep Apple from taking 30% of Spotify subscriptions.
These jabs have been going on for a while. Politico reports that Spotify’s DC lobbyists have been lobbying directly against Apple, whichhas a lot to do with the Federal Trade Commission’s informal investigation of Apple.
Jonathan Prince, Spotify’s Global Head of Communications and Public Policy, says:
“The entire music economy is evolving, and we want to make sure it’s evolving in a way that’s good for consumers, rights holders, musicians … the entire business…”
Spotify hired four different lobbying firms in DC. On the other hand, Apple spent $1.2 million lobbying in DC in the first quarter of this year.
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