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Apple Says Spotify Wants ‘Limitless Access’ to App Store Tools Without Paying

Apple Says Spotify Wants ‘Limitless Access’ to App Store Tools Without Paying

Amid rumors that the European Commission will soon fine Apple 500 million euros for breaking EU law over access to streaming music services, Apple today commented on its relationship with Apple Music competitor Spotify and the ongoing complaints that Spotify has made to the EC to attempt to get the App Store rules changed. In a statement to MacRumors, Apple said that Spotify is aiming to get unlimited access to Apple’s tools and services without paying anything for the value that Spotify receives from the ‌App Store‌. “We’re happy to support the success of all developers — including Spotify, which is the largest music streaming app in the world. Spotify pays Apple nothing for the services that have helped them build, update, and share their app with Apple users in 160 countries spanning the globe. Fundamentally, their complaint is about trying to get limitless access to all of Apple’s tools without paying anything for the value Apple provides.” The European Union’s investigation into the streaming music market and Apple’s ‌App Store‌ policies was initially sparked …

How to Listen to Audiobooks for Free on Spotify

How to Listen to Audiobooks for Free on Spotify

Key Takeaways Spotify currently offers over 375,000 audiobooks, including public domain classics that are available for anyone to listen to for free. While Spotify Free users can listen to public domain audiobooks, Spotify Premium users get 15 free hours of premium audiobooks every month. Premium users can also purchase 10-hour top-ups for audiobooks which last for 12 months, whereas the 15 free hours do not carry over from month to month. While music is Spotify’s main focus, the streaming service also offers podcasts and audiobooks. And Spotify users, both on the Free and Premium plans, can listen to audiobooks for free (if they know where to look). Does Spotify Offer Audiobooks? Yes, Spotify has audiobooks available to listen to on its service, but the selection is limited to certain regions. Audiobooks are available on Spotify in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. While music has traditionally been its main focus, the platform has been adding more alternative audio-based entertainment offerings in recent years. Spotify has pushed heavily into podcasts, both producing …

Meghan and Harry change ‘brand direction’ after ‘negative response’ to projects | Royal | News

Meghan and Harry change ‘brand direction’ after ‘negative response’ to projects | Royal | News

But she made it clear that this doesn’t mean there’s trouble in their marriage. Lourella said: “This decision doesn’t necessarily reflect on their relationship as a whole but more on the brand direction they are choosing to take.” She also mentioned that it’s a good moment for Harry and Meghan to start doing their own things, especially after they’ve just launched their new website. They’ve changed their site from Archewell to Sussex.com earlier this month. Louella added: “Meghan and Harry are strategic in their approach to their public image, and this move could be seen as a way for them to have more control over how they are perceived individually. “It may also give them the opportunity to explore different interests and passions without being tied to each other’s brands or projects.” Louella then admitted working with your partner can be an “intense experience”, meaning taking on different projects could give them “breathing space”. She continued: “It allows for growth and the chance to have new experiences outside of each other’s shadow, particularly given the …

Apple Music may allow users to import Spotify playlists

Apple Music may allow users to import Spotify playlists

Apple Music may be working on an official way to import music from Spotify and other music apps. According to 9to5Mac, Reddit users have reported seeing an option to “transfer music from other services” on the Apple Music library page. Based on this, it’s possible that Apple is A/B testing the beta version of this feature on Android. The new feature appears to draw inspiration from SongShift, a well-established third-party app. For years, SongShift has empowered users to seamlessly transfer music across various streaming platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify. This functionality ensures that users can enjoy their entire music library in any preferred application without skipping a beat. SEE ALSO: Apple Music Replay for 2024 has arrived If Apple is planning to natively integrate SongShift (or a similar music-transfer app) with Apple Music, there’s precedent. In the past, Apple has acquired popular third-party apps instead of developing competing apps. In 2018, Apple bought Shazam, a music app. In 2020, it acquired the Dark Sky weather app and Apple’s native Weather app adopted most of …

Apple to Be Fined Over 0 Million in EU Music Streaming Probe

Apple to Be Fined Over $500 Million in EU Music Streaming Probe

Apple is set to be hit with a €500 million ($538 million) fine for allegedly breaking EU law over access to music streaming services, according to a Financial Times report. The focus of the European Commission’s investigation has been Apple’s policy of preventing streaming music apps from informing iPhone and iPad users within the app that lower subscription prices are available when signing up outside of the App Store. The investigation began in 2019 after Spotify filed an antitrust complaint against Apple. EU regulators formally charged Apple in the anti-competitive probe in 2021, before the commission last year narrowed the scope of the investigation and dropped a charge of pushing developers to use its own in-app payment system. According to the paywalled FT report, the Commission will say Apple’s actions are illegal and go against the bloc’s rules that enforce competition in the single market. Subsequently, it will ban Apple’s practice of blocking music services from letting users outside its App Store switch to cheaper alternatives, which has historically given Apple Music an unfair advantage. …

Apple faces €500m fine from EU over Spotify complaint

Apple faces €500m fine from EU over Spotify complaint

Apple is facing a first-ever fine, which Brussels is set to announce next month. The company will reportedly be fined around €500 million ($539m) for allegedly breaking EU law. This follows a European Commission antitrust probe looking into whether or not the tech giant used its platform to favor its music streaming service over others. The investigation was launched in 2019, after Spotify made a formal complaint to regulators that the App Store prevents users from seeing cheaper alternatives to their own Apple Music. Spotify kicked off their campaign with a website to promote their cause, which is still regularly updated. The music streaming platform outlined five reasons as to why Apple “doesn’t play fair”, like the fact Apple adds a discriminatory tax of 30 percent to only certain apps and how the App Store “routinely reject” Spotify’s app enhancements, bug fixes, and new improvements. According to the Financial Times, the Commission will accuse of Apple of unfairly abusing its powerful position to implement anti-competitive trading practices, and also ban Apple’s “practice of blocking music …

Meghan Markle may do better at a ‘small startup’ compared to ‘million dollar Spotify’ | Royal | News

Meghan Markle may do better at a ‘small startup’ compared to ‘million dollar Spotify’ | Royal | News

Meghan Markle parted ways with Spotify and has now moved to Lemonada Media, which is a much smaller platform, a smaller roster, with big-name hosts, and that’s seen as a good thing, says an industry insider. Just last week, Meghan announced her forthcoming podcast. There’s no word on when it’s going to premiere, or what the format will be, but we do know she will be hosting. Daily Express US spoke to podcast queen and royal commentator Kinsey Schofield, who knows the ins and outs of the podcasting world and was able to provide a rundown of what to expect. The To Di For Daily host says of the change of scenery: “Lemonada is an audio-first podcasting company so Meghan won’t get all the bells and whistles that Spotify offered, but with only 50 or so shows on their roster Meghan will likely get way more attention and will have more control.” Lemonade is home to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Wiser than Me, The Sarah Silverman Podcast and Choice Words with Samantha Bee. Meghan will be in …

How to Download Spotify Songs to Listen Offline

How to Download Spotify Songs to Listen Offline

Key Takeaways Downloading music on Spotify is surprisingly simple, and allows you to listen to content offline in order to save your mobile data. Spotify Premium users can download music (and/or podcasts) on both the mobile and desktop apps, but not on the web player. Premium users can download up to 10,000 songs on five different devices, while free users can only download podcasts and not enable Offline Mode. It’s not only possible, but surprisingly simple, to download Spotify songs to listen to offline. And Spotify’s Offline Mode means you can ensure you’re only accessing downloaded content, preventing you from wasting your mobile data. How to Download Spotify Songs to Listen Offline You can download music (and podcasts) from Spotify on both the mobile and desktop apps (but not the Spotify Web Player). Here’s how… How to Download Music on Spotify on Your Mobile Open the Spotify app on your phone, and find the song, album, or playlist you want to download for offline listening. To download an individual song, you’ll need to add it …

How to Create a Spotify Pie Chart Based on Your Listening Stats

How to Create a Spotify Pie Chart Based on Your Listening Stats

Quick Links How to Create Your Spotify Pie Chart Is Creating a Spotify Pie Chart Safe? Key Takeaways You can create a Spotify pie chart of your listening habits using Spotify Pie, a third-party tool developed by Darren Huang. The website uses Spotify’s API to access your account stats, but there is a risk of leaks when it comes to sharing your account data. You can revoke third-party app access through Spotify’s website to help protect your account. While Spotify boasts its popular Wrapped summary every year, there are other ways to visualize your listening habits on the streaming service. This includes making a Spotify pie chart with your listening data using a third-party tool. How to Create Your Spotify Pie Chart Darren Huang, a US-based Computer Science student, developed a website called Spotify Pie. It uses your Spotify data and visualizes your listening stats with a pie chart. To create your own pie chart on the site, follow these steps: Head to the Spotify Pie website. Select Login to Spotify. Enter your Spotify credentials …

Controversial podcast host Joe Rogan signs new multi-year deal with Spotify

Controversial podcast host Joe Rogan signs new multi-year deal with Spotify

Spotify has penned a new multi-year partnership deal with controversial podcast host Joe Rogan, whose enormously popular show will soon also be available on competing platforms, including YouTube and Apple Podcasts. Spotify announced the renewed partnership in a post on the company’s corporate blog Friday (Feb 2). Under a prior multimillion-dollar deal, The Joe Rogan Experience, had been a Spotify exclusive since 2020. Wall Street Journal, which first reported the new deal on Friday, estimated that the new contract was worth as much as US$250 million (S$336 million) over its multi-year term. It cited unnamed people familiar with the matter. The pact involves an upfront minimum guarantee, in addition to a revenue sharing agreement based on ad sales, the newspaper reported. Spotify couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on Saturday. Over the years, Rogan has developed a huge audience who listen to his long, wide-ranging interviews with a variety of guests, including comedians, athletes, scientists and conspiracy theorists. “There’s no script of what we’re going to talk about and it all just sort of happens …