Spotify yesterday challenged the App Store business model, having filed an antitrust complaint with Europe’s competition watchdog calling Apple’s 15-30 percent levy on iOS subscriptions unfair and anti competitive. A few hours later, Apple posted an open letter on its website addressing Spotify’s claims.
Spotify Premium, the company’s paid streaming tier, as of today includes a free subscription to Hulu’s ad-supported plan with limited commercials at no extra cost, bringing premium video entertainment to the platform.
Spotify will soon give you the ability to block any artists on the platform that you don’t want to hear from, like R. Kelly. Blocking will apply throughout the app, including global charts and auto-curated playlists like Discover Weekly and your Daily Mixes.