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Spotify Dances to Musk’s War Drums

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Earlier this week, Elon Musk decided to tweet a flurry of messages attacking Apple. One of the tweets called out Apple for their App Store payment terms and conditions, calling them a tax on the Internet. We speculated that this was a call to arms for other app creators that want to take the fight to Apple.

Well, Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek heard the beat of the drum and joined Musk in his attack on Apple while also calling on other CEOs to strengthen their alliance. In a tweet, he wrote:

So how much longer will we look away from this threat to the future of the internet? How many more consumers will be denied choice? There’s been a lot of talk. Talk is helpful but we need action.

More tech giants publicly shame Apple

Ek also shared a link to a website that has the sole purpose of publicly shaming Apple for their management of the App Store to allegedly favor their own services, punish app developers and limit competition. An allegation that Daniel Ek took to the European Commission four years ago which has yet to reach a conclusion.

This isn’t the only public name and shame campaign aimed at Apple. Google has launched #GetTheMessage over Apple’s refusal to adopt the latest messaging technology into their phones. While Apple may have lots of enemies, they also have deep pockets and a user base of 1 billion iPhone owners. So, even with the growing support for Musk, it’s unclear whether Apple is even paying attention to the noise.

James Capell

Technical editor and journalist. I have a particularly strong interest in NLP, AI ethics and cyber crime. Not too fond of cats.