Elon Musk and Spotify founder criticize Apple for policies they don’t understand

Despite the fact that the courts continue to (almost) agree with Apple, some top executives continue to criticize the App Store’s policies, using every opportunity. It happened a few days ago with Elon Musk and Daniel Ek, both CEOs of Twitter and Spotify respectively.

It all started with the announcement of a message on Twitter: the possibility for users to subscribe to other accounts to receive exclusive content that other tweeters cannot see. But of course: there will be a difference whether you subscribe to these users through the Twitter website or through the iOS application.

“iPhone subscriptions will last longer”

The difference, as usual, is that the App Store keeps 30% of the price of this subscription for the first year and 15% from the second. Twitter points this out with clear examples Your documentation sitestating that payments over the internet can have a margin of as little as 3%, and Elon Musk has pointed out that subscriptions via the App Store take longer to confirm because they have to be “Approved by Apple”:

“Note: Activation of subscriptions via iPhone takes a few days longer than on the web because all subscriptions have to be approved by Apple.”

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek responded to Musk’s tweet comment that it is something “absurd”. and that this system is too difficult to scale for any potential creators considering charging for exclusive content on their Twitter accounts:

App Store rules mean that all subscriptions must go through an approval process to prevent malicious content from being included. We can talk about how these types of subscriptions (like Twitch) don’t quite fit the way the App Store was built, and maybe at WWDC 2023 we’ll see some changes in that regard. But for now, the rules are what they are, and it seems there’s still some resentment about it from some companies.

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When alternative stores are finally allowed in iOS 17, Daniel Ek and Elon Musk may have complete freedom to build their own stores or join those where they think conditions are better. And I’m really interested in that because it doesn’t force Twitter, Spotify, or any other company to stay on the App Store. And that means they will have no excuses. At least in Europe.

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