Spotify has responded to a speech delivered by US senator Elizabeth Warren, in which she said that Apple, Google and Amazon are trying to “snuff out competition.”
Warren pointed the finger at the three tech giants in a speech on the perils of “consolidation and concentration” throughout the economy.
Commenting on the three, Warren claimed that Google uses “its dominant search engine to harm rivals of its Google Plus user review feature” and that Apple “has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive streaming services.”
She also highlighted Amazon and its practices in the book publishing sector, stating that it “uses its position as the dominant bookseller to steer consumers to books published by Amazon to the detriment of other publishers.”
Spotify has now weighed in on the issue by way of a statement from Spotify’s global head of comms and public policy Jonathan Prince, who said: "Apple has long used its control of iOS to squash competition in music, driving up the prices of its competitors, inappropriately forbidding us from telling our customers about lower prices, and giving itself unfair advantages across its platform through everything from the lock screen to Siri.
"You know there’s something wrong when Apple makes more off a Spotify subscription than it does off an Apple Music subscription and doesn’t share any of that with the music industry. They want to have their cake and eat everyone else’s too."