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Entries in Spotify (119)

Wednesday
Mar132019

Spotify files antitrust complaint in the EU over the ‘Apple tax’

Spotify thinks the heavily-criticized “Apple tax” is the company’s way of edging out its competition.  It has taken to filing an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Union. Spotify alleges that Apple is stifling innovation and limiting consumer choice with the rules it imposes on the App Store. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek zeroed in specifically on the 30 percent cut Apple imposes on subscriptions. According to Ek, this “tax” is designed to harm the streaming services that compete against Apple’s own service. Ek says it forces their company to “artificially inflate” prices “well above the price of Apple Music.” But if it doesn’t comply, then Apple applies “a series of technical and experience-limiting restrictions” against Spotify, which makes the experience on its app an inferior one. Ek adds that Apple “routinely blocks our experience-enhancing upgrades” and locks them and other competitors from Apple products and services like Siri, Apple Watch, and HomePod. 

On top of launching the complaint, Spotify launched a press campaign that includes a dedicated website that focuses on Apple’s “unfair behaviour” as well as a YouTube video (which you can see above) that explained the company’s grievances. We’re not sure what would come out of the complaint but a spokesperson for the European Commission acknowledged that it had received the complaint and is “assessing [it] under our standard procedures.” 

Source: The Verge 

Tuesday
Mar122019

Spotify now offers option to disable 'Canvas' video snippets

If you're a Spotify user, you've seen the "Canvas" feature, which is looped video snippets some artists upload for some songs in place of album art. The company claims these only need to be streamed once and won't eat up data, even if they are played on loop. Some users aren't happy with the feature because it creates an inconsistent look when you're in a playlist with songs that don't have Canvases. It also slows down the experience when switching from one song to another.

Spotify is listening to users and is rolling out the option to disable this feature. You just need to head to settings to toggle it on or off. Our phones don't have the feature yet, so we're waiting for it to head our way. But you can check your device to see if it's made its way to you.

Source: Android Police

Wednesday
Feb202019

Spotify's new UI test hides repeat button in the menu

Spotify released a new user interface that some users are unhappy with. The new UI hid the "Repeat" and "Go to queue" button into a submenu. And in its place, the sharing button has been given more prominence. With this new look, you can access the feature through the three-dot menu in the upper right-hand corner of the Now Playing screen. Users who use the repeat button aren't happy with the change. When The Verge reached out to the company for comments, Spotify said, "We are always testing new products and features, nothing to share at the moment." 

Wednesday
Feb062019

Spotify grows its podcast ambitions with two new acquisitions

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Spotify is building its podcast business through two new acquisitions. The music streaming service acquired Gimlet Media and Anchor. The former is a startup podcast network, while the latter provides creators with tools to help them build, publish, and monetize podcasts. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek claims the company is now the second-biggest podcasting platform and that its podcast users “spend almost twice the time on the platform, and spend even more time listening to music.” And it wants to provide these users with more original programming as well as entice potential listeners to turn their platform into “the world’s number one audio platform.”

The company plans to invest more into podcasts this 2019 and said that it’s willing to spend around US$500 million to grow its podcast business. According to Recode, Spotify paid around US$230 million on Gimlet alone.

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