On the Heels of the European Commission’s $1.95 Billion Fine Against Apple, Spotify Is Already Updating New European App Store Options

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Spotify has already submitted an App Store update in the European Union following the European Commission issuing Apple a near-$2 billion fine.

This week, the European Commission fined Apple a whopping $1.95 billion (€1.84 billion) for the company’s alleged anti-competitive practices in the music streaming market. Wasting little time on its victory dance, Spotify has already announced the submission of a new version in the App Store that shows pricing and feature info about the company’s various plans in the EU.

The update, currently pending approval from Apple, also includes a link for users to subscription plans from Spotify’s website.

“From now on, Apple will have to allow music streaming developers to communicate freely with their own users — be that within the app, by email, or any other ways of communicating,” says the EU’s competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, in a press conference following the fine issued to Apple this week.

Currently, the audio streaming platform doesn’t show the prices of its various plans in-app, using messages like, “You can’t upgrade to Premium in the app. We know, it’s not ideal,” to convey the forced limitations to users. But the new version submitted for approval shows information about subscriptions, offers, and a link to buy them.

Spotify has been eager to implement changes of this nature, having teased a slew of changes in January in light of the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which included a mock-up of the ability to subscribe through in-app purchases and buy individual audiobooks directly through the app. That said, Apple’s compliance method released days later put the kibosh on many of these changes.

But Apple says it plans to appeal the European Commission’s decision, cheekily noting that Spotify has been “the biggest beneficiary” of the App Store, and that the streaming platform “enjoys a majority of its market share in Europe” in the music streaming market while paying Apple “nothing for the services that have helped make them one of the most recognizable brands in the world.”

Spotify says that the EC’s decision sends a “powerful message” that “even a monopoly like Apple” is unable to “wield power abusively” to control how companies on the App Store interact with their customers.