A year after filing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple in the European Union, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek now expects the tech giant to continue to open its platform,media reported. Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission in March 2019, accusing Apple of taking anti-competitive practices in the App Store.
Apple initially hit back at Spotify’s allegations, but Ek said the iPhone maker has since relaxed restrictions on its walled garden.
“In the long run, we do want Apple to open up the market,” the Spotify CEO told Bloomberg on Tuesday.
The music streaming company’s initial complaint said Apple had an incentive to put rivals at a disadvantage on the App Store because it was both a platform provider and a direct competitor to services such as Apple Music. Ek refers to the tight integration of Apple’s services with its hardware, such as the Apple Music feature on Siri.
Since Spotify filed an antitrust lawsuit in 2019, Apple has introduced a feature that allows Siri to control third-party music services such as Spotify. Spotify also released tvOS and watchOS apps for its service — which Apple has claimed is impossible.
On the changed situation, Ek told Bloomberg: “We’re encouraged that we can finally use Siri to build voice support or develop products for Apple TV and Apple Watch.” “It’s not clear what prevented Spotify from developing the Apple TV app, because the tvOS platform has supported other third-party streaming options for years.
While Siri now supports third-party music apps, it still doesn’t change the default streaming service on iOS or iPad OS, nor can it use third-party music streaming platforms on HomePod.
However, Apple is said to be considering allowing users to choose their own default email client and web browser, which is expected to be implemented as early as this year.