Spotify Cuts Apple In-App Payments for All Premium Subscribers

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spotify did not allow new Premium subscribers to pay for the service using In-app purchases through Apple’s App Store since May 2016 – to object tech giant’s “tax” For purchases made on the App Store.

There was only a two-year window (June 2014 to May 2016) during which Spotify Premium subscribers could choose to sign up and pay through. view App store. Now Spotify no longer allows these customers to continue paying via Apple’s in-app purchases.

In recent emails to these subscribers, Spotify said, “We’re contacting you because you’re using Apple’s billing service to subscribe when you join Spotify Premium. Unfortunately, we no longer accept this billing method as a form of payment.”

The email notification informs Spotify customers that at the end of the last billing cycle, their account will “automatically switch to our Free, ad-supported service… You will need to resubscribe after your last subscription if you want to keep your Premium subscription.” The billing period has ended and your account has been moved to the Free account.” They will then need to choose to pay with one of Spotify’s accepted payment methods, including credit cards and PayPal, to initiate the new subscription.

Spotify has Longstanding animosity with Appleaccuses Apple of using anti-competitive tactics with app store policies. in 2019 Spotify has filed a formal complaint with the European Commission Claiming that Apple unfairly limits selection and competition through the App Store.

Spotify has also objected to Google’s Play Store policies that charge percentages on purchases. But last year, Spotify and Google released the Spotify Android app to users who had downloaded it from the Google Play Store. Option to pay via Spotify’s payment system or Google Play Billing.

In the grand scheme of things, Spotify’s completely ending support for Apple in-app purchases won’t affect many customers. inside 2019 regulatory filingApple said it collects a 15% fee on subscription payments for only 680,000 of Spotify’s more than 100 million Premium subscribers.

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