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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls Out Apple For Locking Out Rivals, Spotify Agrees

image from elizabethwarren.comSpotify has given a big thumbs up to a speech by US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D MA) accusing Google, Amazon and particularly Apple of working to “snuff out competition.” Apple, says Warren, “has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive streaming services” that compete with Apple Music.

Jonathan Prince, Spotify's global head of communication and public policy piled on:

Spotify new"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."

Watch Warren's speech here.

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