Spotify app bows to pressure from Apple

In an update released Thursday, Spotify laments. When the user is considering a transaction, the application displays an almost blank screen saying ” Want to listen? You cannot purchase audiobooks in the app. We know that’s not ideal. Well here. All this, without any other indication as to the procedure to follow to obtain the work in question.

According to the media The Vergethe update stemmed from Spotify’s statement a few days earlier where the company accused Apple of ” to stifle competition by its drastic commercial conditions. Remember that Apple also sells these formats via its own Books application, which can be adjusted without constraint.

It’s been a month since Spotify’s audiobooks offer was launched: users could not already buy titles directly in the iOS application. However, a button offered to receive a link by email, in order to carry out the transaction on the web. A laborious procedure which, when carried out, made the title available on the app. Now, users will go directly through the catalog through a web browser or through the desktop app to pay.

(Too) strict rules

The problem would lie in Apple’s policy regarding in-app purchases. It requires that virtually all digital purchases, such as audiobooks, go through the in-house payment system, giving the company 30% of the amount. In fact, to comply, either Spotify had to cut its margins or increase prices at the risk of no longer being able to compete with the prices of the Apple Books store, which, of course, does not apply the same rule.

Apple spokesman Adam Dema said Apple advised Spotify on bringing their app into compliance, and the update was approved once the changes were made. ” The Spotify app was rejected for not following guidelines for including explicit in-app communications to direct users outside the app to make digital purchases Dema explained.

Problem: Why was Spotify’s audiobook feature approved in the first place if it didn’t comply with the rules? Radio silence. Likewise on the question of the emails: in what way did they contravene the directives? He claims, however, that Apple has no problem with playback apps like Spotify or Netflix offering access to a catalog of content. As long as they pay the 30% commission, sure.

Apple had relaxed its rules ever so slightly earlier in the year, allowing reading apps to connect to the web under certain circumstances. Taking the example of Spotify, the latter can use an external link to direct users to a subscription to a premium account. This exception apparently does not extend to audiobooks…

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