So, there’s been a lot of news lately surrounding some of our favorite music apps. In particular, this video is making its way around Reddit:
(Warning: This video contains gross corporate appeasement.)
Basically, it’s Spotify complaining about how Apple seems to actively disrupt Spotify on their platform to steer Iphone users towards Apple’s platform.
What Spotify is demanding is something very different. After using the App Store for years to dramatically grow their business, Spotify seeks to keep all the benefits of the App Store ecosystem — including the substantial revenue that they draw from the App Store’s customers — without making any contributions to that marketplace. At the same time, they distribute the music you love while making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters who create it — even going so far as to take these creators to court.
Taking artists to court? Wait…What is Apple talking about?
Spotify has every right to determine their own business model, but we feel an obligation to respond when Spotify wraps its financial motivations in misleading rhetoric about who we are, what we’ve built and what we do to support independent developers, musicians, songwriters and creators of all stripes.
Whelp… It’s pretty EH.
What makes all of this SUPER GROSS, is that this is all a reaction to this:
Spotify is looking to gain any kind of leeway it can in order to supplement a profit loss from artists being paid better. And it’s not only Spotify. Pandora and Amazon Music are also throwing a fit. Apple feels secure, because they can make up any lost profits in whatever jack-less phone they’re selling this year.
But this is all… Pretty bleh.
Spotify, Google, Pandora, and Amazon have all signaled their plans to appeal. The first three companies said in a joint statement that the CRB increased royalty rates “in a manner that raises serious procedural and substantive concerns.” If left intact, they claimed, the decision would hurt both streaming services and songwriters.