After accusing Apple of making it harder to sell audiobooks through the app, Spotify suspends sales of audiobooks in its iOS app. The feature has not appeared since the (27) software update released yesterday by the streaming giant.
The app started displaying a message that after the update the format is no longer available if the user tries to shop in this mode. “I’d like to listen? You can’t buy audiobooks in the app. We know it’s not ideal,” says the text sent by the service, without offering the buyer any alternative.
While there is no detailed explanation as to what prompted the company to make such a decision, the measure is likely related to Apple’s criticized rules. Among them are requirements for sales to occur only within the app and using the App Store’s native payment system. 30% commission for the Cupertino giant.
Last Tuesday (25), Spotify released a statement announcing that Apple rejected two recommendations made by the company to circumvent issues with audiobook purchasing rules in the app. In the text, the publication’s CEO, Daniel Ek, harshly criticized the owner of the iPhone, accusing it of “strangling competition.”
Regarding the rejected change proposals, Apple spokesperson Adam Dema said: Boundary It said the recommendations “do not follow the guidelines for including open communications when driving users out of the app to make digital purchases.” App update approved after necessary changes.
Asked why Apple didn’t approve. Spotify audiobookReleased in September, the representative did not respond, although it did not comply with the App Store rules.
With Suspending Spotify Audiobook Sales on iOSUsers interested in purchasing digital books will need access to the web version of the stream. The purchase can also be made in the desktop platform app.
Source: Tec Mundo