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Elon Musk & Spotify Unite Against Apple’s App Store Rules

 |  May 1, 2023

During the weekend, Daniel Ek from Spotify and Elon Musk from Tesla used Twitter to express their criticism of Apple’s App Store policies, considering their high positions in the business world.

Elon Musk expressed his concerns about the company’s app review system and referred to it as a significant conflict for the future of civilization.

The current topic of discussion concerns Apple’s 30% revenue share rule for in-app subscriptions of digital content. This policy has caused frustration for some app developers, including Spotify and Twitter.

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Officials from Spotify and Elon Musk have joined forces to challenge Apple’s App Store policies. The CEO of Spotify, Daniel Ek, and Musk have criticized Apple’s guidelines as “absurd” and presenting a “serious scaling problem” in a recent Twitter conversation. Both parties have previously spoken out against the rules imposed by Apple on developers.

After Twitter launched support for user subscriptions, Musk clarified the delay in subscription availability on iPhones compared to the web.

Elon Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion and is exploring a subscription-based model to increase profits.