(Reuters) – Apple on Thursday responded to Spotify’s criticism with EU antitrust regulators, saying the audio streaming service “needs all the advantages of a free app with out being free”.

Spotify, launched a 12 months after Apple unveiled its first iPhone in 2007, mentioned on Wednesday the corporate unfairly limits rivals to its personal music streaming service.

Apple’s management of its App Retailer disadvantaged customers of alternative and rival suppliers of audio streaming companies to the advantage of Apple Music, which started in 2015, Spotify added.

In response, Apple mentioned it had authorised and distributed almost 200 app updates on Spotify’s behalf, leading to over 300 million downloaded copies of the Spotify app.

“The one time we’ve got requested changes is when Spotify has tried to sidestep the identical guidelines that each different app follows,” Apple mentioned in a press release.

“Spotify is free to construct apps for – and compete on – our merchandise and platforms, and we hope they do,” it added.

The Swedish firm has launched a web site, outlining other ways during which Apple makes use of its energy to make its platform an “uneven taking part in area.”

In its reply, Apple has rebutted many of the factors made by Spotify on the web site, “Time to Play Truthful“.

The corporate had additionally mentioned Apple’s voice recognition system Siri wouldn’t let iPhone customers play music from Spotify and that Apple had declined to let Spotify launch an app on its smartwatch.

The Cupertino, California-based firm responded by saying that when it reached out to Spotify about Siri and AirPlay 2 help on a number of events, the Swedish firm had mentioned that they had been engaged on it.

Spotify was not instantly accessible to touch upon Apple’s response.

(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Subhranshu Sahu and Anil D’Silva)


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