Apple has acquired a start-up that makes listening to podcasts more like tuning into radio stations, seeking to improve its service amid growing competition from Spotify.
A group of Apple’s critics, including Spotify and Epic Games, have joined a non-profit group that plans to advocate for legal and regulatory action to challenge the iPhone maker’s App Store practices.
Spotify Technology has criticised rival Apple, saying that a new subscription bundle offer from the iPhone maker abuses its dominant market position by favouring its own Apple Music service.
Fortnite creator Epic Games found support from its legions of gamers for suing Apple and Google after the tech giants dropped the popular videogame from their app stores for violating payment guidelines.
Spotify said on Wednesday that music streaming demand had rebounded from the coronavirus-related weakness it saw at the start of the quarter and its paid subscribers reached 138 million.
Spotify Technology said on Tuesday it was rolling out a video feature for its podcasts, letting select creators bring both audio and video content to the music streaming app.
Spotify Technology breached the mythical $50-billion market valuation barrier on Thursday. Unfortunately, investors seem a little out of tune with the music streaming service’s real potential.
The world’s largest music streaming company, Spotify, on Wednesday launched Premium Duo, offering access to its premium plan for R80/month for two people.
Apple on Tuesday found itself the target of two EU antitrust investigations into its App Store and Apple Pay as regulators said its terms and conditions and restrictions may violate the bloc’s competition rules.
Spotify Technology said on Tuesday that comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast will be available on the music streaming platform starting on 1 September and will become an exclusive later this year.