Spotify Doesn’t Like the Apple One Bundle, Calling it Unfair

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Spotify doesn’t like the Apple One bundle, saying that Apple is abusing its dominant market position.

Once again, Apple is using its dominant position and unfair practices to disadvantage competitors and deprive consumers by favoring its own services. We call on competition authorities to act urgently to restrict Apple’s anti-competitive behavior, which if left unchecked, will cause irreparable harm to the developer community and threaten our collective freedoms to listen, learn, create, and connect.

Bundles save people money, therefore bundles are good for customers. As for competitors? At least Apple pays artists more. As for the dominant position claim, as of 2019 Apple Music has more paid subscribers in the U.S., but Spotify has more paid users in the world. As Neil Cybart said, this is just guerilla warfare of companies piling on against Apple because they’re not making as much money. As say, cutthroat capitalism.

Spotify Unveils Support for Video Podcasts

· Andrew Orr · News

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Spotify announced today that its platform will now support video podcasts in addition to audio in all current markets.

Spotify 10,000 Song Limit Goes Away in Update

· Andrew Orr · News

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Spotify has removed the 10,000 song limit it imposed on user libraries. This means that you can now save as many songs and albums as you like to the My Library section.

Apple Siri Grading Whistleblower, Podcast Exclusivity, with Andrew Orr - ACM 530

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr talk about surveillance capitalism and the former Apple employee and Siri grading whistleblower who recently went public. They also discuss the growing battle for podcast exclusivity between the tech giants and Spotify.

Spotify Web Player Supports Safari Again

· Andrew Orr · News

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In 2017 the Spotify web player removed support for Safari without telling customers why. But functionality has now been restored.

Spotify CEO Says Apple Will Open its Platform More

· Andrew Orr · Link

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In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says he expects Apple to open its platform more to third party services.

“Long term, we do expect Apple to open up,” Ek said in an interview with Bloomberg TV that aired on Tuesday. Spotify has criticized Apple for taking a 30% cut of subscriptions and accused it of limiting app updates and preventing functionality on the Apple Watch and Siri.

Spotify will only be satisfied with the cancellation of Apple Music and the preinstallation of its app on iOS. But that still wouldn’t change the fact that it doesn’t pay artists a fair wage.

Apple Could, And Should, Create Original Podcasts

· Charlotte Henry · Analysis

Apple is now making original video content, but could it make original podcasts, a format its products basically invented, and, if so, how?

Spotify Encourages Journalists to Plug in Random USB Drives

· Andrew Orr · Link

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As part of a promotion for a podcast, Spotify sent USB drives to journalists. But the move was criticized by computer security researchers.

But anyone with basic security training under their hat — which here at TechCrunch we do — will know to never plug in a USB drive without taking some precautions first.

Plugging in random USB drives is a bigger problem than you might think. Elie Bursztein, a Google security researcher, found in his own research that about half of all people will plug into their computer random USB drives.

I doubt anyone at Spotify was clueless about the security risk. But negative publicity is still publicity.

Apple Podcasts Come to Alexa Devices

· Charlotte Henry · News

Apple Podcasts are now available on Amazon Echo devices via Alexa, as are podcasts that are available on Spotify.

Spotify Reaches 113 Million Paid Subscribers

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Spotify announced that it reached 113 million paid subscribers around the world, and it’s growing twice as fast as Apple Music.

We continue to feel very good about our competitive position in the market. Relative to Apple, the publicly available data shows that we are adding roughly twice as many subscribers per month as they are. Additionally, we believe that our monthly engagement is roughly 2x as high and our churn is at half the rate.

Spotify Wants to Track Your Location so Friends Don't Use a Family Plan

· Andrew Orr · Link

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In more location tracking news today, Spotify wants to track yours because non-family members sometimes use Family Plans *gasp!*.

“The changes to the policy allow Spotify to arbitrarily use the location of an individual to ascertain if they continue to reside at the same address when using a family account, and it’s unclear how often Spotify will query users’ devices for this information,” said Christopher Weatherhead, technology lead for UK watchdog group Privacy International, adding that there are “worrying privacy implications.”

Gimlet and WSJ Launching New Podcast

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Gimlet, the Spotify-owned podcasting firm, and the Wall Street Journal will formally launch their podcast collaboration, ‘The Journal’, today.