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1 Feb 2024

Spotify CEO Accuses Apple of App Store 'Extortion'

Spotify has criticized Apple for introducing a [Core Technology Fee](, charging developers €0.50 for each app install after a million downloads, which they call 'extortion'. This criticism comes amid Apple's 17 percent commission on third-party payment processors. Spotify, which plans to introduce its own payment system in the EU, argues these measures will disproportionately impact free app developers, potentially affecting popular apps like WhatsApp and Duolingo by imposing fees on every download and update.