Spotify again made a strong statement against Apple, this time they called Apple’s steps to comply with new European Union rules a joke.

In a post on their official website, Spotify said that the application installation fees charged by Apple were clearly extortion. Apple is said to be forcing developers not to leave their App Store.

Apple calls this payment scheme the Core Technology Fee, which is charged for installing applications from outside the App Store. Yes, specifically for the European market, Apple is forced to allow the installation of applications from outside the App Store to comply with new rules from the European Union.

However, they charge an installation fee of 0.5 euros per application per year for each application that has exceeded the number of installations of 1 million.

According to Spotify, this new tax from Apple will burden developers, especially developers who provide their applications for free, for example Spotify, whose applications can be downloaded for free but users have to pay a subscription fee to enjoy premium services.

“From the Apple proposal that we read, developers will still have to pay this fee even if users download the application, never use it, and forget to delete it,” wrote Spotify.

Spotify users on Apple have decreased

Not only that, they also criticized the 17% commission that must be paid to Apple from developers who choose to use third-party payment services. What’s more, Spotify is planning to release its own payment system.

“Spotify is facing an unsustainable problem. With the number of installs on Apple’s platform for the EU at around 100 million, this tax system for downloads and updates could make our consumer acquisition costs skyrocket,” wrote Spotify CEO Daniel Ek in X.

“Under these new regulations, we cannot afford these costs if we want to be a profitable company, so our only option is to stick with the status quo,” he continued.

In his question, Apple spokesperson Fred Sainz admitted that Apple is ready to support the success of all developers, including Spotify. “Changes to the revenue sharing system for apps in the European Union give developers choice — with options for iOS app distribution and payment processing,” Sainz said.

“Every developer can choose to stick with the old rules. And under the new rules, more than 99% will pay more or less the same or perhaps lower fees to Apple,” he continued.