Tag - Spotify
Apple is abusing its position as gatekeeper to the App Store by blocking the latest version of Spotify's iOS app, according to a letter allegedly sent from the streaming company to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell. A report claims Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez is "causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers" by rejecting the iPhone app update, with Apple's billing system being at the heart of the complaint.
Spotify has broken a major milestone, with the streaming music service claiming it has now got more than 100 million active monthly subscribers. The Swedish streaming company advised earlier today that approximately 30 percent of its user base pay a monthly subscription fee, and the number of users of the service continues to grow at a rate of 1.8 million users per month, though at a cost to its bottom line.
Spotify may try to push more of its free users to become subscribers, by restricting some of its catalog to those paying the monthly fee. A report claims the music streaming service apparently came close to restricting an album on the day of its release to just paid users, preventing free users from listening at its launch last month, and though Spotify supposedly decided against going through with that course of action, it appears it may have been more for technical reasons than ideology.
Upcoming changes to the App Store are welcomed by Spotify, but the music subscription service believes there is more Apple could do to it, an executive for the music streaming service has advised. Global head of corporate communications and global policy Jonathan Prince calls Apple's changes, which include alterations to the way it handles app subscriptions, a "nice gesture, but doesn't get to the core of the problem with the Apple tax and its payment system."
Spotify will be making its service more attractive to its users, by offering up original programming for its existing video service. Announced one year after the streaming music service bolstered its existing content catalog with videos and podcasts, the Swedish music company will be creating a number of original show "concepts" that it plans to start streaming to users later this summer, in an attempt to differentiate itself from its competition.
Spotify has reportedly raised another $1 billion from investors, giving it a small amount of extra freedom as it attempts to fend off competition from Apple Music. The deal, said to close by the end of this week, will provide Spotify with $1 billion in convertible debt, something that will simultaneously give the music streaming company more room to work within, as well as preventing the reduction in price of its stock when it eventually holds its IPO.
Spotify has become the target of a class action lawsuit, for allegedly failing to obtain proper licenses allowing it to stream certain songs and compositions. David Lowery, the frontman of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, filed the suit using law firm Michelman & Robinson LLP, demanding at least $150 million from the streaming service for "knowingly, willingly, and unlawfully" streaming the unlicensed content.
Fans of Adele will need to buy her new album if they want to listen to songs from it, as the singer is preventing music streaming services from offering the album to subscribers. Confirming initial reports, the album '25' is unavailable for listening on Apple Music, Google Play Music All Access, Spotify, and other streaming services, but iTunes is still offering the album to users for purchase via the main iTunes store.
Apple has rolled out its News app to the United Kingdom, replacing Newsstand in the country as part of the iOS 9.1 update. The Guardian reports the UK version of the newsfeed aggregator will include 14 British newspaper and magazine publishers, including the Times, Financial Times, The Economist, magazines from Conde Nast, and 27 national and regional publications from Trinity Mirror.
Apple has launched a new Twitter account dedicated to gaming. The @AppStoreGames account will be posting more than picks by App Store editors for app of the week, with The Verge reporting the feed will include previews of games heading to the App Store, tips for popular titles, profiles of talented gamers, and will be used to interact with game developers. It is suggested the new Twitter feed may have been put in place to coincide with a rumored refresh of the Apple TV at the September 9 event, with some suggesting games may be playable on the set-top box.