Spotify: Apple is a 'Ruthless Bully' That Uses Its Dominance to Hobble Competitors

Spotify: Apple is a 'Ruthless Bully' That Uses Its Dominance to Hobble Competitors

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Horacio Gutierrez, Head of Global Affairs & Chief Legal Officer at Spotify, has penned a op-ed in the Wall Street Journal accusing Apple of anti-competitive behavior.

There is a lot to admire about Apple, but my company, Spotify, has seen another, brutish side. Apple designs, develops and sells some of the world’s most desirable hardware products. And for many, Steve Jobs remains a figure of reverence, giving the business he created an enduring glow. My business is one of the few insisting that underneath that exterior is a ruthless bully that uses its dominance to hobble competitors. But over the past couple of years regulators around the world have finally begun examining Apple’s conduct. Many don’t like what they’re seeing.

In the post, Gutierrez summarizes some of the antitrust arguments against Apple including forced use of its payment system and antisteering provisions. He notes that Apple's ability to "strangle its competitors is unprecedented."

You can read the full op-ed at the link below.

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Spotify: Apple is a 'Ruthless Bully' That Uses Its Dominance to Hobble Competitors

McApple1 - May 19, 2021 at 6:22pm
Spotify, respect your own business. You’re not a lawyer. lol
iAmMe - May 19, 2021 at 12:39pm
Hahaha. I used to be a Spotify fan as I love their curations and waited years for the most popular feature, Explicit filter, but I stopped after waiting for too long. I headed that they finally implemented it but sorry Spotify, I’m not going back. Lol. I love the lyric flows on Apple Music.
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joeyxxx1 - May 19, 2021 at 3:07am
Shut up Spotify. Go build your own mobile platform.
1reader - May 18, 2021 at 9:54pm
You think?! How could they make it to their level?
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