Yesterday Spotify accused Apple of making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app, hinting that the move was due to competition with Apple Music.
Now, in a letter sent to Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez (as noted by Buizzfeed), Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell rebutted the allegations, saying: “We find it troubling that you are asking for exemptions to the rules we apply to all developers and are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service.”
“Our guidelines apply equally to all app developers, whether they are game developers, e-book sellers, video-streaming services or digital music distributors; and regardless of whether or not they compete against Apple. We did not alter our behavior or our rules when we introduced our own music streaming service or when Spotify became a competitor,” he added. “Ironically, it is now Spotify that wants things to be different by asking for preferential treatment from Apple.”