Earlier today during the “Time Flies” event, Apple officially unveiled the rumored Apple One bundles. It’s three different options, each of which bundles Apple’s most popular services for various monthly prices.
Update (09/15/2020): A little while after Spotify’s initial statement regarding the new Apple One subscriptions, Apple has responded. The company shared the response with Stephen Nellis of Reuters, and you can read it just below.
Customers can discover and enjoy alternatives to everyone of Apple’s services. We’re introducing Apple One because it is a great value for customers and a simple way to access the full range of Apple’s subscription services. We’ll be recommending the Apple One plan that saved you the most money based on the subscriptions you already have. It’s perfect for anyone who loves any of our services and wants to get more for less, and it’s especially great for families. Also select services included in Apple One are available to enjoy on non-Apple devices, and you can cancel anytime.
The original article continues below.
Each monthly price is attached to a different package. The base Apple One bundle, for instance, offers up Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage for just $14.95 per month. The Premier Apple One bundle includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, 2TB of iCloud storage, Apple News+, and the brand new Apple Fitness+ for $29.95 per month. If you do plan on using all of these services, the bundles are absolutely worth considering.
The Family and Premier Apple One bundles can also be used with Family Share, too, so up to six people can take advantage of all these services for the single monthly cost.
But Spotify is not pleased. The company, one of the largest music streaming services on the planet, released a statement on the Apple One bundles today (via Peter Kafka). They didn’t mince words, either, saying that Apple is still using its “dominant position” and “unfair practices” to “disadvantage competitors”. Here’s the full statement:
Once again, Apple is using its dominant position and unfair practices to disadvantage competitors and deprive consumers by favoring its own services. We call on competition authorities to act urgently to restrict Apple’s anti-competitive behavior, which if left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, learn, create, and connect.
Spotify’s displeasure with Apple Music is not a secret by any means. But what do you think of the company’s latest complaint against Apple’s new offerings?