Apple filed a response this week to Spotify’s antitrust complaint with the European Commission revealing that Apple collects a 15% fee for just 680,000 of Spotify’s more than 100 million premium subscribers.
According to Apple, it doesn’t levy the 30% fee on any of Spotify’s subscribers. It takes 15% of the ongoing subscription fee for Spotify customers who signed up between 2014 and 2016. In 2016, Spotify removed the ability to subscribe to the streaming service via Apple’s in-app payment.
Spotify declined to comment on Apple’s response. But in previous statements, Spotify has said Apple’s “tax” on App Store purchases is only one facet of its allegations that Apple unfairly wields market clout against rivals.
Spotify has alleged that Apple has taken several steps against the music-streaming company to retaliate for Spotify pulling out of the App Store’s in-app purchase system. That has included rejecting Spotify’s app multiple times over the last three years for purported violations of the App Store guidelines.