Spotify urges premium subscribers to stop paying through Apple's App Store

By midian182
Jul 9, 2015
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  1. Spotify is sending emails to iPhone customers encouraging them to stop paying for its premium music streaming service through Apple's App Store. The company is advising people to sign up directly through the Spotify website as a way to avoid the 30 percent fee Apple charges on in-app subscriptions.

    Spotify’s ad-free paid tier costs $9.99 per month, but the company charges $12.99 if purchased at the iTunes App Store to offset the cut that Apple takes.

    The email reads: "We like you just the way you are. Don't change. But if you want to change how much you pay for Spotify Premium, we're here to help. In case you didn't know, the normal Premium price is only $9.99, but Apple charges 30 percent on all payments made through iTunes. If you switch your payments to, there are no transaction costs and you'll save money."

    The message then gives a 12-step tutorial explaining how to shut off auto-renew through iTunes and transfer a Spotify premium account to the web — something that can only be done once a current subscription lapses.

    This is not the first time Spotify has clashed with Apple; in 2012, the company claimed Apple tried to prevent its US launch, and Spotify is widely believed to be behind the antitrust allegations that led to both EC and DOJ investigations into Apple's alleged anti-competitive practices.

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  2. And this is how Spotify ended up being removed from the App Store. Trust me, I'm a time traveller.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    Only a 30% mark up? Apples getting soft.
    H3llion and wastedkill like this.
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,804   +483

    John Titor is that you?
  5. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 451   +37

    They'd create their own way to install it from their website. Besides... Everyone knows Android > iOS
    DaveBG likes this.
  6. deemon

    deemon TS Booster Posts: 199   +46

    Weird stuff.... spotify does not understand people who buy apple stuff. They WANT to throw their money away ... Spotify could just start selling their premium for apple people by name iPremium for 3x the price and they would buy that instead! They don't want to save money... they hate their money (and/or love to spend it on nonsense)!
    DaveBG likes this.
  7. Wow, way to generalize..
  8. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 140   +21

    I'm a cheap person and honestly I like Spotify's move. Why pay more, when you can still get the same service for a little bit less? Screw Apple....
    AnonymousSurfer and DaveBG like this.

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