After Spotify Technology SA (NYSE: SPOT) CEO Daniel Ek charged Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) for not being open enough to third-party applications, Ek has been criticized by the co-founder of the speaker manufacturer Sonos Inc. (NASDAQ: SONO) for similar practices.
The ecosystem of Spotify is even more closed than that of Apple according to John MacFarlane, co-founder of Sonos. MacFarlane tweeted Wednesday, “Solid irony here.” He explained: “Having worked closely with Apple and Spotify, I would say that it is much more difficult to work within the” closed “ecosystem of Spotify than with Apple.” Concluding the tweet on a conciliatory note, he added: “Respect and appreciate the two companies, but” open “, Spotify is not.”
MacFarlane also provided the link to Bloomberg’s interview with Ek in his tweet. The CEO of Spotify said in the interview that there have been encouraging signs from Apple, such as allowing Siri to control music services other than Apple Music. He attributed the changes to an antitrust complaint filed by his company against the tech giant a year earlier with the European Union.
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Spotify, based in Sweden, also criticized Apple for reducing subscriptions by 30% and accused Cupertino of limiting app updates and banning Apple Watch functionality. In its complaint to the EU, Spotify claimed that Apple was a platform provider and a competitor, prompting it to disadvantage competing services, Bloomberg reported.
Ek revealed that the restrictions imposed by Apple had “an impact on large companies.” Apple’s HomePod speaker still doesn’t support third-party music apps like Spotify, and the default music app on iOS and iPadOS cannot be changed. Apple is expected to authorize third-party applications on HomePod this year.
Ek claimed in the Bloomberg interview that Spotify is growing faster than Apple Music, and is twice its size, with three times the engagement.
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On Thursday, Spotify shares closed down 0.24% to $ 148.04.
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