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Apple accuses Spotify of 'misleading rhetoric'

Apple Inc. issued a statement in response to Spotify Technology SA's anti-competition complaint against the tech giant with the European Commission.

The iPhone maker accused Spotify of wrapping its "financial motivations in misleading rhetoric" about Apple and how it supports independent developers, musicians, songwriters and creators.

"After using the App Store for years to dramatically grow their business, Spotify seeks to keep all the benefits of the App Store ecosystem — including the substantial revenue that they draw from the App Store's customers — without making any contributions to that marketplace," the tech giant said in a March 14 statement.

Apple said Spotify is seeking the benefits of a free app without being one. Apple also clarified that the revenue share is 30% for the first year of annual subscription, but it drops to 15% in the years after.

Additionally, Apple noted that a majority of Spotify customers use the free, ad-supported product, which makes no contribution to the App Store. Apple said it has approved and distributed nearly 200 app updates on Spotify's behalf, resulting in more than 300 million downloaded copies of the Spotify app.

A recent report indicated that the European Union's competition watchdog is mulling plans to probe Apple over claims that it used the App Store to favor its own services over rivals' services.