Spotify CEO and Elon Musk have talked about Apple’s App Store rules in the past. Musk and Daniel Eck, Dr Exchange new information on Twitter This week, Apple’s guidelines were called into question again. Eck described these rules as absurd, and Musk pointed to the serious problem of scaling the App Store.
These talks started from where Twitter made monetization by selling subscription services available to its users last week. After the announcement, Musk explained why it took longer to provide the desired functionality on the iPhone than on the web.
Note that it will take a few days longer for subscriptions to be activated on the iPhone because all subscriptions must be approved by Apple, Musk said.
He pointed to the App Store’s guidelines regarding in-app subscriptions for digital content. Since these new subscriptions are available through the iPhone app, Twitter should follow suit.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek again criticized Apple’s App Store guidelines, calling them absurd, citing Musk’s post on Twitter.
Spotify has been a staunch opponent of App Store guidelines in the past. The company has even filed antitrust complaints against Apple in the European Union, arguing that Apple can offer Apple Music subscriptions in-app without penalty. Meanwhile, Spotify must give Apple 30% (or 15% from the second year) of its subscription revenue.
Musk has also been an Apple detractor in the past, and has previously said that Apple’s App Store fees are essentially like a 30 percent tax on internet usage.
- Google was accused of paying Activision $360 million for not creating an App Store
- App Store developers have earned $320 billion so far
- Passing the new DMA antitrust law in Europe and requiring Apple to change its App Store
- Microsoft is trying to create an Xbox mobile app store to compete with Google Play and Apple Store